This fundraiser is being organized by Undocumedia, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, CA and Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an international migrant and refugee rights collective, to support the 2018 Refugee Caravan.
The refugee families of the Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan have successfully traveled over 1500 kilometers, most of them across three countries, by foot, by hitchhiking, and by train. Now they need you to help welcome them home.
The 2018 Refugee Caravan is the largest ever, a testament to the severity of the human rights crisis in Central America. On top of organized crime, economic violence, and corporate megaprojects that displace rural people from the countryside, the military repression unleashed against unarmed protesters after the US-backed Honduran electoral fraud last year has sent a tremendous number of Honduran women, men and children fleeing in search of safety. In addition, a frightening lack of governmental protection and safeguards for victims of gender based violence, including domestic violence and violence against the LGBTQI community.
About half of the 650 refugees remaining on the caravan are mothers, fighting hard to protect and support their young children. Through their perseverance and their refusal to disband even under threats from the United States President, these parents were able to pressure the Mexican government to issue transit visas to nearly everyone, which allow them to travel with some safety through the remaining 3,000 kilometers across Mexico. This means that these exhausted but determined families are able to avoid traveling on the back of "La Bestia," the cargo train that spans Mexico and has historically been a crucial but also dangerous lifeline for Central Americans traveling across Mexico.
Now they need your support. The caravan members have a limited number of days to move through Mexico safely, and now that they have won the hard-earned permission to travel via bus, they are asking all their supporters to help cover the cost of bus fare, a week's worth of food, and basic support for those hundreds of refugees who are preparing to turn themselves in to Border Patrol and apply for political asylum.
The cost breakdown of our initial fundraising goal ($50,000) is:
-$40,000 for transportation costs (roughly 500 seats needed at a subsidized rate of $80 per seat)
-$5,000 for food and supplies to make sure that the arrival of the caravan doesn't deplete the resources of the shelters run by their allies on the border
-$5,000 for basic commissary supplies (calling cards) for the 250 caravan members who are preparing to turn themselves in at the border and need to be able to reach allies on the outside in the event that the Trump administration attempts to retaliate or prevent them from exercising their due process rights.
These funds are being directly administered by migrant leaders and volunteers from Pueblo Sin Fronteras who are accompanying the caravan through Mexico. Thank you for your support!