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[liberationtech] Let's reunite the kids forcibly torn from their migrant parents

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Wed Jun 20 14:00:01 PDT 2018

That would be awesome! Thanks, Catherine.

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:58 PM, Catherine Forsman <cforsman at>

> Thank you for doing this! Let me contact someone I worked with
> volunteering after Karina and who has a lot of knowledge about the
> difficulties of coordinating separated families. The coordination effort is
> quite difficult, but perhaps, even if one child finds their parent, it is
> worth everything.
> Crowdsourcing is a very good way to think about it, and also mapping.
> Again, let me see if there is any advice I can gather from organizations
> that do this in how it could get off the ground quickly, even if they can
> simply let us know best practices.
> warm regards,
> Catherine
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at>
> wrote:
>> Note that I'm doing this in a personal capacity and NOT representing or
>> speaking for Stanford in any way.
>> This is just to kickoff a conversation...
>> Suzanne has obtained a domain name to host a database to keep track of
>> all of the kids who have been forcibly removed from their parents. We need
>> to track down 10K+ children at 100 shelters in 14 states:
>> immigration-zero-tolerance-policy-2018-5.
>> As Suzanne suggests, we need to figure out how not to enable stalkers or
>> deporting authorities while simultaneously helping the children find their
>> parents, and vice versa. Suzanne suggests something along the lines
>> of anonymous lost child posting: If tip gets added, connect to legal
>> services to screen and verify. She also suggests connecting searching
>> parents with legal services and with people who have tips but not involving
>> law enforcement.
>> Christina suggests finding some good coders to scrape names off news
>> articles. There are a lot of names already there.
>> Organizations that could help:
>>    - *Southwest key*. Christina says that Southwest key has a database
>>    of all of the kids but won't provide the info. Does anyone have a good
>>    contact there?
>>    - *IRAP*. Lina suggests contacting IRAP:
>>    Anybody have a contact there?
>>    - *ACLU*. Catherine suggests talking to the ACLU. I know we had
>>    several ACLU people on Liberationtech but from the tech angle. I don't know
>>    whether they're still on the list?
>>    - *RAICES*. Candace suggests we talk to RAICES. Anybody have a
>>    contact there?
>> I reckon that a massive crowdsourcing effort will be needed. Some crisis
>> mapping might be useful.
>> A question for everyone on Liberationtech and related lists: How does
>> this effort get off the ground quickly?
>> Thanks,
>> Yosem
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