Call to Action
Stop Border Separation of Children from Parents
Along with AAMFT, WAMFT stands with over 170 organizations and over 9,300 mental health professionals in signing the Stop Border Separation of Children from Parents petition. While it is easy to feel helpless about such an enormous problem, there are small things you can do that make a big difference. You can directly influence change!
Call your Local Senator. With several proposed bills are currently on the floor posed to counteract child separation at the border, your voice counts now more than ever. The ACLU has created a website to connect you with your local senator in order to advocate against the current administration’s policies. Once you are connected with a congressional staffer, you can use this exact script: “Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and my zip code is [YOUR ZIP]. I’m urging the Senator to denounce Trump’s family separation policy and use all of Congress’s authority to stop it.”
Support the Lawyers Fighting for the Separated Families. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the largest immigration services legal nonprofit in Texas, has already raise over $18 million in one Facebook campaign. This group is working diligently to locate and reunite every family and child affected by the current President’s policy and to provide money for legal services. By contributing to RAICES, you support every aspect of legal aid for immigrant families. You may also donate directly through their website.
Donate to an Organization that Directly Supports the Affected Families. The most effective way to financially support these families is through direct financial contributions to well-vetted groups that provide humanitarian aid to migrants. Organizations like ActBlue distributes donations between 12 different groups: Al Otro Lado, The Florence Project, Neta, Innovation Law Lab, FuerzaDel Valle, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, We Belong Together, United We Dream, The Women's Refugee Commission, The ACLU, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Human Rights First, and La Union de Pueblo Entero. You may also donate directly to organizations such as Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an organization with two shelters along the border of the Sonoran Desert, and Border Angels, a volunteer coalition that provides water, free legal help, and emergency services.
Some organizations like Baby2Baby and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have set up a baby registry at Target to send bundles of essentials like diapers, wipes, shampoo, and soap directly to immigrant children.
Amber D. Lewis
WAMFT is represented before the legislature, state agencies, and the Governor’s office by lobbyist Amber D. Lewis. With more than 16 years of experience in Olympia, both as staff and as a lobbyist, Amber ensures WAMFT members have an advocate on the ground that monitors issues and shares our positions on key policy matters. Amber works with members to meet with their local elected officials and ensures the Board is versed on matters that affect our professional licensure. Lewis Consulting is based out of Olympia where Amber is always available to assist our members.
Call to Action
Have you joined AAMFT’s Family TEAM? AAMFT’s Family TEAM is an ideal way for WAMFT members to deepen their engagement and advocacy in both AAMFT and WAMFT communities. The AAMFT Family TEAM is a network of advocates volunteering their time and talents toward furthering MFT policy interest. WAMFT members can provide a vital voice in representing the health care interests of our clients by engaging in dialogue and advocacy about the policies impacting our profession. Family TEAM volunteers often communicate vital information about such relevant policies and contact their state/provincial representatives advocating for particular legislation. WAMFT members, learn more and consider joining today!