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

Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 23:56:46 PDT 2018


Awesome. Thanks, Catherine.

On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM, Catherine Forsman <cforsman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Received an email back from a friend at the Red Cross. I asked him how they
> setup coordination efforts to reunite families during and after disasters. I
> wanted to see if there was any way to put all of us together to try to help.
> however, he says the Red Cross already volunteered to help and submitted it
> to the department of homeland security and they denied the offering of help.
> I asked him to please let me know how they setup things to reunite families
> after disasters anyway. I know there is paperwork, but perhaps it will be
> good information to know in case their process has any interesting or
> helpful bits of process.
>
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:39 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at tmp.ucsb.edu>
> wrote:
>>
>> Interesting. Thanks for the info, Andrés. Please keep us posted, should
>> you hear any updates.
>>
>> I've already reached out but have yet to receive a response. That said,
>> I'm sure they're getting swamped with more important emails than mine (e.g.,
>> the families affected).
>>
>> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 2:57 PM, Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes
>> <alps6085 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> You can contact the following organization:
>>>
>>> RAICES
>>> https://www.raicestexas.org/
>>> They were actually working on an “intake app” not sure how far they went,
>>> with the permanent state of emergency we’re in in Texas regarding refugee
>>> families..
>>>
>>> Regards / Saludos / Grato
>>>
>>> Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes
>>>
>>> On Jun 20, 2018, at 4:00 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> That would be awesome! Thanks, Catherine.
>>>
>>> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:58 PM, Catherine Forsman <cforsman at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> 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 gmail.com>
>>>> 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:
>>>>> http://www.businessinsider.com/children-in-custody-trump-administration-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: https://refugeerights.org/.
>>>>> 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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