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Mississippi Center for Justice

Crisis in Mississippi: Help Us Fight For Immigration Rights

As part of a rapid response legal team, you can help community members locate detained loved ones and provide legal assistance to those now facing removal.

Posted August 8, 2019

Yesterday, 650 federal agents raided six Mississippi communities, arresting 680 of our friends and neighbors in Morton, Canton, Carthage, Pelahatchie, Bay Springs, and Walnut Grove. Mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers were loaded onto buses in plastic handcuffs while children, with their new backpacks and school supplies, returned from their first day of school, only to find their loved ones gone. These raids irreversibly harmed families, schools, communities, and our state. The Mississippi Center for Justice is on the frontline of this crisis, providing a swift and powerful response to these attacks on our communities. We are coordinating a rapid response legal team to help community members locate detained loved ones, provide immigration legal assistance to those now facing removal, and ensure the care of children whose parents or guardians have been imprisoned. Central to the rule of law are the constitutional principles of due process and access to counsel, and we are committed to ensuring these protections for all Mississippians, regardless of immigration status. Opportunities are available to help in Mississippi or remotely. Note: We The Action has a partnership with a nonprofit called Tarjimly. Tarjimly is for translators what We The Action is for lawyers. The Tarjimly mobile app connects you with an on-demand translator or interpreter in their community of 10,000+ volunteers. Their vetted translators speak over 60 languages and are available in under 5 minutes to translate text, documents, voice notes, or get on a 3-way call. If you want to help with direct representation but are worried that language will be a barrier to entry, copy and paste the referral link below into your browser to download the app and use it for free: smarturl.it/tarjimlyWTA

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 11-20 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Additional Location Details: Opportunities are available to help in Mississippi or remotely.
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Mississippi Center for Justice

At the heart of the Center’s mission to create a just society is a desire to build healthy communities across Mississippi. By engaging elected officials, faith-based leaders, media, community activists, educators, childcare providers, healthcare professionals and other advocacy partners, the Mississippi Center for Justice provides the legal perspective to policy initiatives that improve the lives of Mississippians.

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