While giving circles are new to many, they are a form of fundraising with deep roots in many communities. In the video below Hector Hinojosa tells about the giving circle his family belonged to when he was growing up in Hillsboro.
Giving circles allow community members to pool their donations and decide collectively how those funds will be spent. Defensa de la Dignidad (In Defense of Dignity) is a giving circle designated to easing the hardship of immigration legal fees. Members of the circle propose grant recipients and decide collectively to approve grants.
Common Change provides an online platform to facilitate all aspects of the process. Simply create an account with Common Change then request to join Defensa de la Dignidad (just like joining a Facebook group). Common Change is also our non-profit sponsor so all donations are tax deductible and 100% of the donations go directly to support Defensa de la Dignidad’s mission.
If you would prefer to donate to Defensa de la Dignidad without participating in the circle deliberations, that’s okay too! Just send us an email at Defensa.Dignidad@gmail.com to make arrangements.
In a July 7, 2017 article, investigative news organization ProPublica reported on an internal memo directing I.C.E officers to arrest all undocumented immigrants encountered regardless of criminal history. This is a stark departure from previous federal policy of prioritizing actions against undocumented residents that pose a public safety risk
The new inhumane and indiscriminate policy has led to increased arrests of non-criminal immigrants across the country.
“In recent months, the number of undocumented immigrants arrested who are considered to be non-criminals has risen. (Under the law, merely being here illegally is not a crime. Rather, it’s a civil violation.) Between February and May, the Trump administration arrested, on average, 108 undocumented immigrants a day with no criminal record, an uptick of some 150 percent from the same time period a year ago.”
-Marcelo Rochabrun; ProPublica, July 7, 2017, 8 a.m.
Immigrants caught-up in the new directive are not provided a court appointed attorney, because simply being in the United States without documentation is a civil offense. Defensa de la Dignidad (In Defense of Dignity) is raising legal funds to help our Western Washington County neighbors ensnared in these unjust deportation actions.
It is time to act locally together!
Local families are facing financial hardship and the threat of separation due to unjust deportation actions. In April the Oregonian reported on a Hillsboro mother threatened with immediate deportation.
"She has three children, all U.S. citizens, ages 13, 8 and one. Either they will be left in America without their mother, or they will effectively be deported from the land of their birth and citizenship...''
Defensa de la Dignidad is raising funds to assist immigrants in our community pay for legal services essential to keep their families together. By joining together we can make positive and lasting differences in the lives of those around us.