How to Take Action for Asylum Seekers

Many of the people at our border are fleeing extreme danger in their home countries. Under U.S. and international law, they have the right to seek protection and have their asylum claims heard. Our country has the capacity, as well as the moral obligation, to respond in a just and compassionate way, and not to block, attack, and vilify people who are doing what generations of people have done throughout history: seeking safety and a future for their families.

It is time to take action for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border!

Here’s how:

Send a Message to your Member of Congress

Congress must take action to ensure the human and legal rights of people seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico border. It takes only 60 seconds to send a quick message to your member of Congress. You can also sign-up to organize an in-district meeting where you live.

Support the San Diego Rapid Response Network

Since November, HIAS’ partner agency, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, is helping to operate an emergency migrant shelter where many asylum seekers find themselves after being released from detention and dropped off with no shelter or food. We strongly encourage you to support this urgent and critical effort by making a financial contribution or by ordering needed items from this Amazon wishlist.

Volunteer at the Border

Consult this list (curated by Love Resists) for volunteer opportunities in El Paso, San Antonio, Guadalajara, and more.

Volunteer as a Pro Bono Lawyer

HIAS is actively recruiting lawyers who are interested in pro bono representation of asylum seekers in New York City and Silver Spring, Md.

Donate to support HIAS as we increase our work at the U.S. border

HIAS is increasing our legal aid for asylum seekers at the border, including bringing pro bono lawyers to the border, leading educational delegations, and hiring several new Border Fellows. Make a donation to HIAS to support this work.

Stay up-to-date

This page, as well as HIAS’ general Take Action page, will be kept up to date with ways to take action and we encourage you to check back frequently. In addition, opportunities are posted almost daily on the Jews for Refugees Facebook page.