The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has provided $75,000 to organizations across the state who are assisting immigrant communities after recent mass raids.
Beginning in February 2019, more than 200 undocumented immigrants were taken into custody across North Carolina after extensive raids were conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Raids were conducted in homes, in workplaces, and through checkpoints. Counties impacted by the raids included Wake, Mecklenburg, Lee, Alamance, Guilford, Cumberland, Union, Durham, Henderson, and Orange.
The recent mass raids have had a tremendous impact on the families of those detained, most of whom were primary income earners and parents of small children.
To this end, the Foundation is awarding seven “rapid response” grants to the following organizations to provide community education, outreach, emergency planning services, and/or access to legal information and supports for communities across North Carolina:
- American Friends Service Committee
- Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción
- Blueprint NC
- Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County
- El Centro Hispano/Colectivo Collaborative
- Southeast Asian Coalition
- Student Action with Farmworkers
ZSR has shared its plans for these grants with other funders in hopes of increasing support for affected families and communities throughout North Carolina.