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LA Times

Asylum Seekers in San Diego Faced Dangerous Care Delays
September 17, 2019

This two-part series details the poor medical care asylum-seekers receive while in ICE custody and highlights how humanitarian organizations, such as the San Diego Rapid Response Network, often have to treat migrants with severe health issues.

Click here to read the story from MedPage Today

LA Times

Every Aspect of America’s Asylum System Now Seems Broken
September 4, 2019

Tom K. Wong, director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UCSD, highlights the abuses asylum-seeking families experience in federal immigration detention facilities. Wong and his team independently analyzed data from 17,000+ asylum-seekers who came through our Migrant Family Shelter and uncovered a trend of substandard living conditions, physical and verbal abuse, and inaccurate legal information at these facilities.

Click here to read the story from the LA Times

UCSD Study Uncovers Systematic Abuses of Asylum-Seeking Families in Immigration Detention Facilities
September 4, 2019

“These findings raise serious due process concerns,” said Kate Clark, JFS Senior Director of Immigration Services. “If asylum-seeking families are not being given vital instructions about their immigration proceedings in a language they can read or understand, how can we expect them to navigate an already complex legal process that is increasingly stacked against them?”

Media Coverage:

AP Story  |  New York Times  |  Business Insider  |  KPBS  |  NBC  |  ABC 10 News  |  Telemundo 20  |  Times of San Diego  |  Voice of San Diego  |  The San Diego Union-Tribune

 


CBS 8

Family of US Citizen Crosses Border to Claim Asylum
August 22, 2019

After four months in Tijuana, the wife and children of a US citizen were allowed to continue their asylum case in the US. They stayed in our Migrant Family Shelter before reconnecting with family and preparing for immigration court.

Click here to read the story from CBS 8

The Jewish News of Northern California

Jewish and Latino State Lawmakers Visit San Diego Migrant Family Shelter
August 12, 2019

Members of the Jewish and Latino legislative caucuses toured our Migrant Family Shelter and an ICE detention center to get a first-hand look at the difficult journey asylum-seekers face.

Click here to read the story from The Jewish News of Northern California

San Diego Union Tribune

Remain in Mexico: Migrants Face Uphill Climb to Get Out of Program
August 12, 2019

Without attorney representation, migrants are having a hard time preparing for their asylum interviews if forced to Remain in Mexico. And some face grave dangers if forced to stay in Mexico and need protection. “Fear of Return” protection is very difficult to come by.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

San Diego Union Tribune

Asylum Seekers Are Targeted Under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
June 29, 2019

Migrants who are returned to Mexico to wait for their court date under the MPP are at a high risk for kidnapping, human trafficking, and extortion. Our immigration attorney Luis Gonzalez talks about the danger asylum-seekers, particularly women with young children, face during their stay in Tijuana. The legal team at JFS is dedicated to representing vulnerable families as they search for a better life in the United States.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Nonprofit's Legal Help a Tiny Dent in Asylum Aid Needed
June 28, 2019

This frontpage Union Tribune story investigates the challenges and importance of legal representation for asylum seekers who fall under Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known Remain in Mexico.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

La Mesa Courier

Cups for a Cause: Ceramic Artists Raise Funds for Refugees
June 26, 2019

A group of local artists sold handmade mugs to raise money for the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. The fundraiser brought in $2,500, which will directly support asylum-seeking families as they search for a better life in the U.S.

Click here to read the La Mesa Courier story

KPBS

The Challenge of Representing Asylum-Seekers Under the Migrant Protection Protocols
July 25, 2019

A mother and her child – assisted by our pro-bono immigration attorneys – attempted to plead their case for asylum in U.S. immigration court. This mother and her teenage son are running from gangs in El Salvador that killed other members of their family. Even though they have already been robbed in Mexico and live in constant fear of being found by the gangs, this family has been placed in the Migrant Protection Protocols and must remain in Mexico until they can pass a “credible fear” interview. Our legal team will continue to fight for this family, and many others like them, in the hopes of helping them find safer and more secure lives in the U.S.

Click here to watch the video from KPBS (The story begins at the 3:15 mark)
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Strangers in a strange land: ‘Metering’ makes asylum rights meaningless, immigrant advocates say
July 24, 2019

“Some of the asylum-seekers do have support on the north side of the border, but it’s difficult to access that support when it’s across an international line,” says JFS Immigration Attorney Leah Chavarria.

Click here to read the story from ABA Journal

Two Bay Area High School Students Comfort Asylum Seekers with “Cartas Con Amor,” Letters With Love
July 17, 2019

The Oakland, California, Fox station highlights the work of two students who’ve founded a nonprofit that collects handwritten letters for Latin American migrants. This past June, dozens of Cartas Con Amor were delivered to the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. Learn more about their mission and their visit to our shelter: https://www.cartasconamor.org/

Click here to read the story from Fox 2

Our Statement About the Administration’s Recent Asylum Claim Policy Change
July 16, 2019

Click here to read the full statement

KPBS

Bankers Hill Migrant Shelter Population Dwindles Amid Hardline Federal Policy
July 12, 2019

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Times of San Diego

Sharp Decline in Border Crossings Leads to Fewer Calls on Shelter
July 11, 2019

The effect of “Remain in Mexico”—Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) is having on the number of asylum-seekers.

Click here to read the Times of San Diego story

KPBS

San Diego Migrant Shelter Treats Families Coming Out of Custody
July 10, 2019

The shelter run by JFS screens families for communicable health conditions after leaving "inhumane conditions" at overcrowded detentions centers in Texas and Arizona.

Click here to read the KPBS story

New York Times

A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?
July 10, 2019

Kate Clark, Senior Director of JFS Immigration Services, discusses the impact of the “remain in Mexico” program.

Click here to read the New York Times story

San Diego Union Tribune

Más de 100 voluntarios en San Diego verifican rumores ante la incertidumbre por redadas
5 de julio de 2019

Organizaciones comunitarias piden mantener la calma y corroborar cualquier información que circule en redes sociales.

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Senate Leader Atkins Makes Case for Additional Federal Funding for Humanitarian Aid in San Diego
June 25, 2019

California Senate President Toni G. Atkins is urging U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to direct more federal funding toward reimbursing organizations assisting asylum-seeking migrants, including the San Diego Rapid Response Network.

Click here to read the press release

CBS 8

Beyond the Border: News 8 Takes a Rare Look Inside San Diego Shelter Helping Asylum-Seekers
June 25, 2019

Reporter Stella Escobedo tours the Migrant Family Shelter and chats with JFS CEO Michael Hopkins about the humanitarian services we provide following increased security at the Southern border.

Click here to read the CBS 8 story

San Diego Union Tribune

Immigrant Community Bracing for Arrests
June 18, 2019

Reporter Kate Morrissey captures the reaction of the San Diego immigrant community to Trump’s announcement that ICE will begin mass deportations.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

San Diego Union Tribune

The U.S.-Mexico Immigration Agreement Does Virtually Nothing for the Migrant Crisis
June 12, 2019

This video segment explains the politics behind the U.S-Mexico immigration agreement and includes footage of the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and an asylum-seeking guest are both interviewed.

Click here to watch the story from Vice News

San Diego Union Tribune

Texas flights brought flu outbreak to San Diego migrant shelter: county officials
May 23, 2019

Mainly children have shown flu-like symptoms since arriving at the shelter, county officials said.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

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San Diego Rapid Response Network Recognized with 2019 Grand Golden Watchdog Award, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Highest Honor
May 16, 2019

Press coverage regarding announcement:
KUSI | Good Morning San Diego | KOGO-AM (Radio)

SD Jewish World

Shelter Helps Legal Migrants Reach Their Sponsors
May 9, 2019

San Diego Jewish World Reporter Don Harrison takes a closer look at the humanitarian aid asylum-seeking families receive at our migrant shelter. From food to medical help to transportation, he explains how families begin their new lives in the United States.

Click here to read the San Diego Jewish World story

The China Daily

Asylum-Seekers Face Anxious Wait at Border
May 6, 2019

China’s leading English-language newspaper highlights our migrant shelter and the services we provide to asylum-seekers from Central America. CEO Michael Hopkins talks about the hardships families face in order to access this critical humanitarian aid.

Click here to read the story from The China Daily

KFGO News

Dozens of Aslyum Seekers Returned to Mexico Under Trump Policy Gain Entry to U.S.
April 11, 2019

Montana radio station “The Mighty 790” examines the court order halting a Trump administration policy of sending asylum-seekers back across the border. Migrants are now able to await their hearing in the U.S, and our supervising immigration attorney, Luis Gonzalez, talks about how this change is affecting families.

Click here to read the KFGO News story

KUSI News

CEO Michael Hopkins Appears on KUSI’s San Diego People
April 7, 2019

Since the end of the Safe Release program, migrant families are being dropped off on the streets without any resources. ABC 10 reporter Matt Boone explains how JFS stepped up to create a shelter for asylum-seekers and help them with travel plans as they await a court date.

Click here to read the KUSI News story

ABC 10

Where Federal Government Falls Short, San Diego Agencies Fill in to Help Migrants
April 5, 2019

Since the end of the Safe Release program, migrant families are being dropped off on the streets without any resources. ABC 10 reporter Matt Boone explains how JFS stepped up to create a shelter for asylum-seekers and help them with travel plans as they await a court date.

Click here to read the ABC 10 story

Roll Call

‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants creating ambiguity, fear
April 5, 2019

Leah Chavarria, our Senior Immigration Lawyer, is interviewed about the Administration’s plans to expand the program beyond the San Diego-Tijuana corridor

Click here to read the Roll Call story

Associated Press

US expands ‘catch and release’ amid surge in migrants
April 2, 2019

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CNN

Immigration lawyers struggle to navigate return-to-Mexico policy
March 31, 2019

The Administration’s policy of requiring some asylum seekers to stay in Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearing is spurring confusion among migrants and immigration lawyers who are trying to represent them. JFS immigration attorneys speak to the difficulty of working with clients under the new policy.

Click here to read the CNN article

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County Nurses Screen Asylum-seeking Families at Temporary Shelter
March 27, 2019

The County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency created a video showing the work they do for asylum-seekers in the shelter operated with Jewish Family Service. We would like to thank them and the hardworking nurses who conduct health screenings for these families and individuals seeking asylum.

Click here to watch the video from The County of San Diego

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Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher Joined JFS CEO Michael Hopkins to Provide an Update on Shelter for Asylum-Seeking Families, Offer Media Tours
March 27, 2019

The shelter opened in early March as a safe waypoint for families (mostly mothers with young children) seeking asylum in the United States and released into the community by federal immigration officials. The U.S. government has granted them permission to stay in the country until their immigration hearing in other parts of the country. The Board of Supervisors, at the urging of Cox and Fletcher, approved a lease with Jewish Family Service to operate the shelter – as part of the San Diego Rapid Response Network – until the end of 2019.

Press coverage regarding announcement:

MSN News  |  AM 760 KFMB  |  The CW San Diego  |  ABC 10News  |  Voice of San Diego  |  KQED  |  KPBS  |  San Diego Union-Tribune  |  Times of San Diego  |  KUSI  |  CBS 8  |  Fox 5 San Diego  |  NBC San Diego  |  Univision San Diego  |  Telemundo 20  |  Courthouse News

Facebook Watch

Sheltering Refugees
March 22, 2019

We’ve seen the video of migrant families huddled at the border seeking asylum, but what happens when they reach the other side? Paola Mendoza, an activist and film director, introduces us to the San Diego Rapid Response Network’s shelter which is helping families take their first steps towards a new life.

Click here to watch the video from Real America with Jorge Ramos

CNN

Governor Newsom Visits New Migrant Shelter for Asylum Seekers
March 9, 2019

CNN follows Gov. Newsom as he tours the migrant shelter that now has funding from the state.

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SDRRN

Shelter Move In Media Statement
March 6, 2019

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New York Times

Border Patrol Facilities Put Detainees with Medical Conditions at Risk
March 5, 2019

The New York Times highlights the medical challenges migrants face as they cross the border in San Diego and other parts of the country.

Click here to read the New York Times story

KPBS

Mother’s Journey Shows Some Asylum-Seekers Are Reaching The US
February 21, 2019

Jean Guerrero’s story for KPBS on a Nicaraguan mother seeking asylum in San Diego with her four children.

Click here to read the KPBS story

Voice of San Diego

San Diego Explained: How the Asylum Process Works
February 14, 2019

Voice of San Diego and NBC 7 San Diego’s “San Diego Explained” story on the asylum process, including an interview with Kate.

Click here to read the article from Voice of San Diego

KPBS

Asylum-Seekers Find Shelter In San Diego After Release On Streets
February 14, 2019

Jean Guerrero’s written story for KPBS from her shelter visit this week.

Click here to read the KPBS story

Times of San Diego

Supervisor Fletcher Hails Gov. Newsom for Signing Aid for Asylum-Seekers
February 14, 2019

Times of San Diego story on Nathan Fletcher’s response to Gov. Newsom’s emergency funding bill.

Click here to read the Times of San Diego story

SDRRN

County Board of Supervisors’ Approves Temporary Migrant Shelter Site
January 29, 2019

The County Board of Supervisors voted to use a County-owned facility as a temporary migrant shelter to house legal, initially processed asylum-seeking families.

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Pre-vote: CBS 8 | CW San Diego | ABC 10News | KPBS | KPBS Evening Edition | KUSI

Post-vote: Voice of San Diego | KUSI | Fox 5 San Diego | KPBS | NBC San Diego | The Coast News | County News Center | San Diego Union-Tribune | Times of San Diego | San Diego Patch | KUSI | San Diego Metro | Courthouse News | TIME (via Associated Press) | New York Post | KTLA (via AP) | East County Magazine | San Diego CityBeat


Consider It - Vox Media

There’s a humanitarian crisis going on at our southern border
January 24, 2019

The SDRRN shelter is featured in this look at how changes in immigration policy are leaving asylum seekers stranded.

Click here to watch the video from Vox Media - Consider It

San Diego Union Tribune

A mile in their shoes: Inside San Diego’s migrant shelter
January 18, 2019

A photo-essay look at the shelter we run as part of the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN).

Click here to read the San Diego Union Tribune story

New York Times

As Government Pulls Back, Charities Step In to Help Released Migrants
January 14, 2019

NYT visits the SDRRN shelter run by JFS and partners.

Click here to read the New York Times story

San Diego Union Tribune

The border crisis is a humanitarian one. Here are six ways to address it.
January 9, 2019

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San Diego Union Tribune

County Moves to Aid Asylum-Seekers
January 9, 2019

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San Diego Union Tribune

New wall won’t help local agencies picking up federal government
January 9, 2019

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SDRRN

Supervisors Vote to Help Find Temporary Shelter for Asylum Seekers
January 8, 2019

Press coverage regarding this news:
Times of San Diego
East County Magazine
ABC 10
KUSI News
KPBS
KOGO
Courthouse News

New York Times

On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’
January 8, 2019

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Associated Press

Asylum seekers find it’s catch and can’t release fast enough
January 8, 2019

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San Diego Union Tribune

Advocates pressure county supervisors to help asylum seeking families
January 8, 2019

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San Diego Union Tribune

Migrant Youths Still Leaving Custody in Poor Health
January 5, 2019

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SDRRN

City of San Diego Suggests Using Former Juvenile Detention Facility as Migrant Shelter
January 4, 2019

Press coverage regarding this news:
Voice of San Diego
East County Magazine
San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union Tribune

Big Struggle to Shelter Asylum Seekers
December 28, 2018

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune story

ABC 10

Exclusive look inside San Diego shelter for migrant asylum seekers
December 19, 2018

Click here to read the ABC 10 story

NPR

Asylum Seekers Awaiting Court Proceedings Turn To Volunteer Organizations For Help
December 14, 2018

Click here to read the NPR story

SDRRN

Resources for Shelter Running Scarce as Capacity Reaches its Limit
December 12, 2018

Press coverage regarding this news:
KPBS
KQED News
LA Times
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fox 5 San Diego
Fox News
Times of San Diego

San Diego Immigration Advocates Urge Governments for Help with Migrant Crisis
December 6, 2018

Press coverage regarding this news:
CBS 8
The CW San Diego

KQED News

Tijuana's Migrant Caravan Deals with Weather, Illness
November 30, 2018

Click here to read the KQED News story

SDRRN

SD Jewish World

Coming together to help migrant families
November 20, 2018

Click here to read the San Diego Jewish World story

Times of San Diego

Opinion: Refugee Shelter a Typically American Response to Government Mistakes
November 20, 2018

Click here to read the Times of San Diego story

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SDRRN

San Diego Rapid Response Network Position Statement on Presidential Plan to Block Asylum Seekers
November 9, 2018

Click here to read our statement

CNN

12,800 Children Remain in Government Custody
September 14, 2018

As of this week, there are 12,800 immigrant children being cared for by the Health and Human Services Department. That's the most ever, an HHS spokeswoman confirmed.

Click here to read the CNN story

NPR

In San Diego, A Mother Remains Separated From Her Child

NPR highlighted two SDRRN partners’ (ACLU & JFS) collaborative working relationship on "All Things Considered," in a story about a mother desperate to be reunited with her 3-year-old daughter.

Click here to read the NPR story.




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