In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of undocumented immigrants faced increased uncertainty and anxiety about their futures in the United States. Immigrant-serving organizations across the country received a sudden spike in demand for help.
Immigrant rights leaders, service providers, lawyers, and technologists from across the country banded together. We pooled hundreds of resources. We collected a list of more than 1,000 organizations offering on-the-ground legal support, healthcare services, and more to undocumented families. We listened to the questions from our undocumented friends, partners, family members, and coworkers. We sought answers and resources, and compiled them into one easy-to-access online resource.
Since then, Informed Immigrant has become both a digital hub and offline network offering the most up-to-date and accessible information and guidance for the undocumented immigrant community.
Our name, Informed Immigrant, directly evokes our deep hope and ambitious mission of providing all undocumented immigrants with the knowledge and resources they need to feel prepared in our unpredictable political and enforcement environment.
You have a place here, and your voice matters. Have feedback or interest in becoming a partner? Reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready to explore? Start by finding an immigrant-serving organization near you, or by scrolling through our resources library.
Federal law states that all children, regardless of their citizenship or residency status, are entitled to a K-12 education. It is critical and fundamental that we ensure our educators have the right tools and information to support and inform immigrant students and their families. Educators, after family members, are the most important individuals in a child’s life.
—Gaby Pacheco, Director of Development, Advocacy, and Communications, TheDream.us
It has been a great experience to partner with Informed Immigrant to develop an educator-focused vertical for the website. Many schools understand the critical role they play in building connections between immigrant families and our communities. We hope that educators across the nation find these resources as helpful as we have to create ‘safe and welcoming schools’ for immigrant students.
—Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Project Director, Californians Together
Information is one of the most powerful tools in the era of Donald Trump. The immigration landscape is changing quickly, which means that staying up to date on the most recent developments. That is why sites like Informed Immigrant are so important, so that communities across the country, immigrants and their allies, can obtain rapid response information to some of their biggest questions.
—Juan Escalante, Communications Manager, America’s Voice Education Fund