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Video + resources: Last week’s webinar on anti-immigrant attacks

Aug 28, 2019

Last Friday, the US Human Rights Network was joined by organizers and human rights advocates on the ground in Texas and Mississippi for a webinar in response to recent anti-immigrant attacks in both states. This webinar was an opportunity for human rights defenders across the country to come together and learn about how communities in El Paso and Mississippi are fighting back and organizing against the targeted attacks.

We thank you for joining us, and thank our speakers on the ground for taking time to provide updates and information on how we can support people directly affected by these attacks: Ria Thompson-Washington (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), Luis Eduardo Robledo (Adelante Alabama Worker Center), Adri Perez (ACLU of Texas), and Noel Didla (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement). 

If you missed the webinar, please find the webinar recording here.

Please find key information shared by Ria Thompson-Washington on the webinar here:

The Lawyers’ Committee’s 1-844-9-NO-HATE Resource Hotline (1-844-966-4283) serves as a resource for organizations and individuals working to combat hate in their respective communities. Trained staff and volunteers will provide legal information about hate incidents and crimes, and provide callers with general information about reporting, as well as the kinds of legal remedies that may be available in different states.

In addition, please visit the National Immigration Project website, a project of the National Lawyers Guild, for information on deportation defense and other resources.

If you would like to support organizations on the ground in Texas and/or Mississippi, please scroll down to find detailed information on donation appeals and volunteer opportunities at the bottom of this email.

While we provide resources for directly affected communities and share opportunities for human rights defenders to support efforts on the ground, the USHRN acknowledges and highlights that organizers, activists, and human rights defenders in Texas and Mississippi may also be experiencing symptoms of trauma. We recognize that activists and organizers on the frontlines working with directly affected communities bear witness and respond to traumatic events on a daily basis. We recognize that participating in difficult conversations, like the one we had last week, can be triggering and retraumatizing.

We remind you to continue to take care of yourselves and each other, keeping your individual and community healing practices at the center of your work and self-care. Please find a couple of helpful resources below on the trauma of activism and how we as activists and human rights defenders must take care of ourselves and of each other. We must sustain ourselves, care for ourselves, and love ourselves in order to do the work of fighting for the rights of those beside us.

Police Brutality and Activist Trauma Support and Recovery, Published by Roots of Change Collective: An accessible, illustrated 20-page pamphlet explaining how trauma works, signs and symptoms of trauma, how to support yourself or your friends/colleagues, and more (designed in the context of Maori activism and police violence, and highly appropriate for all varieties of activist-related trauma).

Self-Care for Activists: Sustaining Your Most Valuable Resource: A short summary article based on a discussion among a dozen activists on the topics of self-care, placing self-care at the core of activism, challenging the idea of activism as selflessness, providing and performing self-care, and creating a culture of self-care.



How to support efforts on the ground in Texas and Mississippi:


Donate to El Paso victims’ funds:

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center [link] is helping survivors of the El Paso Walmart shooting apply for forms of relief they may be eligible for
  • The ACLU of Texas [link] is working on documenting abuses and changes in policies at the border everyday


Donate to or volunteer with organizations supporting directly affected communities on the ground:

Additional resources provided by panelists:

  • Legal Help: If you are contacting us to offer legal help, please follow this link:
  • Volunteer: If you are contacting us to offer non-legal help, please follow this link:
  • Hotline: If you are directly affected, please call our Intake Hotline, which is open 24/7: 978-993-3300
  • Bond: If you need assistance paying your bond, visit RAICES here: