Adopt-a-Youth

The South Bay Cares Immigration Committee Presents the Adopt-a-Youth Program

About

Please join us to support the immigrant youth who have been released from the detention centers.

We have a wonderful opportunity, thanks to J.J. Mulligan Sepulveda, immigration attorney with UC Davis Immigrant Law Clinic and guest speaker at the January 31st South Bay Cares meeting, to make a difference for these children.

J.J.’s clinic continues to help the children after they are released from the detention centers. We have created an “Adopt-a-Youth” program to raise funds to help these youth in two ways:

  • They have a few items (mostly necessities like food and clothing) that they need to help them establish a stable, healthy lifestyle.
  • They have to pay for the travel, arranged by the government, necessary to reunite with their families.
  • We have had the privilege of helping three of these youth (see “Their Stories” below). Please consider contributing to the fund we have established to continue to support other youth as they are released from detention.

    Use the link below to donate funds, and we will coordinate all purchases and shipping.

    Thank you to our wonderful South Bay Cares community for sharing and caring! We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

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Their Stories

Miguel Angel

While in detention, Miguel, 17, found solace and inspiration in art and would like to create a graphic novel to share his story with others. Miguel’s wish list includes art supplies and graphic novels.

Daniela Marisol

Daniela, 16, a migrant from Honduras, is partially deaf. She is now living in Minnesota where she takes the bus to school. It is already snowing there and she is struggling to keep warm and fed. Daniela’s wish list includes warm clothes and shoes, and food.

Daniela is mentioned in a recent NY Times article.

William Hernandez

William, 17, fled gang violence in El Salvador. He displayed calm resilience despite enduring forced medication and demeaning treatment while in custody at Yolo JDF.

JJ likes to share this story of William’s sharp wit:
Yolo’s showers used such hot water that several kids reported burn marks on their skin. JJ explained it was against county health code to use water below a certain temperature. William’s eyes narrowed and a small smile instantly came across his face: “Water that burns our hair off is probably against the health code too!” He was able to bring a bit of light and humor, even during his darkest times. He is now living in Virginia with his parents. William’s wish list includes clothes and a prepaid phone, so he can keep in touch with his mom while he is at school.

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