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

jeffrey wishnie jeff at
Wed Jun 20 14:37:31 PDT 2018

I also recommend reaching out to ASAP:

Jeff Wishnie

On June 20, 2018 at 1:11:02 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:

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
   - *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

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?

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