Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees

Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees is a non-profit organization that runs a visitation program at the Krome Service and Processing Center in Miami, Florida. FOMDD is run entirely by community volunteers and advocates. Over the last 5 years, they have made over 2,000 visits offering people in immigration detention a connection to the community. Their consistent presence in the facility provides a measure of community oversight to ensure that people are treated properly. Just the fact that someone on the outside cares can be a source of consolation for people detained.

Services provided to those in detention include money for phone calls or commissary items, books or magazines, help in connecting with friends or family, providing clothes for release ore deportation, and at times free legal consultations. Their goal is to end isolation, curb abuse, and expose our country’s unnecessarily punitive response to migration.

For over a year now, FOMDD along with various partners have been showing up outside of the ICE facility in Miramar, Florida. The mission here is to bear witness of the silent raids and family separation happening when individuals go to their scheduled immigration check-in. When this effort first started the conditions they encountered were horrific and inhumane. The lines would wrap around the blocks, made to wait standing in the Miami heat or rain for hours. Every appointment was scheduled for the same time and there was no access to bathrooms, water, parking or food. Many families with small children struggled, while others watched as their cars were towed, and still other families waited hours on end to realize that their love one was not going to come back out. With the weekly presence and pressure of the Circle of Protection, many of the immediate issues have been alleviated, but families are still being separated, people are still being abducted, and ICE is still terrorizing our communities.

Friends of Miami-Dade Detainee’s Mission:

  1. End Isolation
  2. Be the Eyes and Ears of the Community
  3. Spread Awareness
  4. End Immigrant Detention

Founded: 2013

Member Since: 2017

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is dedicated to ensuring the fundamental human right to reproductive health for Latinas, their families, and their communities through public education, policy advocacy, and community mobilization.

The mission of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is to build Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

The Florida Latina Advocacy Network (FL LAN) operates as an extension of NLIRH, serving as the voice and advocacy presence in Florida. The FL LAN works with activists throughout Miami-Dade County to organize our communities around issue-based campaigns that impact our families and our lives.

Founded: 1994

Member since: 2014

Board member since: 2018

Florida Language Access Coalition

“Equality before the law in a true democracy is a matter of right. It cannot be a matter of charity or of favor or of grace or of discretion.”

Because of language barriers, Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals are often denied equal services in courts, schools, medical and social services, city and state government programs, elections and voting places and more. The Florida Language Access Coalition (FLAC) supports the laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin because of language barriers.

Our mission is to take active steps, through networking and administrative and legal advocacy, to encourage recipients of federal assistance to comply with the legal obligations to provide qualified interpretation and translation services.

Members of this coalition should be willing to actively pursue or support language access actions.

 

Dominican Association of Tampa

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DAOT’s mission is to build a strong positive image of the Dominican Community by providing information and education through scholarship funding, and the promotion of Dominican Culture.

Hispanic Services Council (HSC)

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Hispanic Services Council (HSC)’s mission is to increase access and opportunities for Latinos and influence the systems that serve them. Understanding these concerns, it launched the Immigration Legal Services & Advocacy (ILSA), offering low-cost immigration services to Latinos in Hillsborough County. ILSA helps Hispanics in their successful integration into this country through bilingual and bi-cultural support services, advocacy and education.

HSC’s ILSA program is fully accredited to practice before the immigration courts, and works with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) as well as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and is fully recognized by theBoard of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice (SFIWJ)

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We envision the faith community serving as a prophetic voice and spiritual advocate that is aware of the plight of workers, especially low-wage workers and those victimized by social injustice.

SFIWJ’s mission is to involve the faith community in issues that will improve the wages, benefits, and employment conditions of the workers, especially the low-wage workers of South Florida.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers

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Unitarian Universalism has a prod and diverse heritage. In the pages which follow, you will find the particulars of our story and answers to many questions people ask about our faith. Suffice it to say here, we begin in the 16th century Reformation of the Roman Catholic Church, notably in Transylvania. We also emerge newly formed in the 18th century Enlightenment of England. In the New World, we derive our sense of church and general practices of worship and governance from our Pilgrim and Puritan ancestors.

Over time, Unitarian Universalism is especially characterized by a deep commitment to continually search for the truths of our lives. Since the early 19th century, we have moved steadily beyond our Christian origins to take up the insights of the Transcendentalists and the emerging scientific worldview. By the 20th century, our faith embraced humanism and a commitment to social progress and justice.

We sometimes describe ourselves as the “church of the continuing Reformation.” Toward the latter part of the 20th century, we once again re-framed our understanding of faith to include the insights of feminism and a new commitment to earth-centered traditions and environmental justice.

This spiritual growing makes Unitarian Univeralism exciting — but a bit baffling at times to newcomers. Be sure, we will grow further as our exploration teaches us better how to live in our beautiful and diverse world.

LiUNA! Southeast Laborers’ District Council

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Across the country, LIUNA members are a reflection of the communities in which they live and work. They are men and women who seek to improve their hometowns and neighborhoods by raising their own standards, pursuing greater opportunities in construction through training and fighting to help their brothers and sisters do the same.

At the Southeast Laborers’ District Council, we are undertaking initiatives district-wide to build the communities in which we live. We do this in the belief that especially when public money is put to work, it is best spent supporting the same people whose tax dollars fund those projects. By supporting training and employment for local workers, we believe that we can help create sustainable communities with an ever-growing middle class that can continue to build their neighborhoods and cities well into the future.

 

The New Florida Majority

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Through street-level organizing, The New Florida Majority is overcoming the dark days of racism and divisiveness in the Sunshine State to bring the new light of fairness and equity to all residents.

In 2012, The New Florida Majority’s mobilization efforts resulted in the election of ten new progressive Federal and State legislators in Florida. Through our Breakthrough campaign, we reached more than 250,000 voters across the state, 76% of which turned out on election day.

This year, The New Florida Majority organizers are mobilizing leaders to significantly expand democratic rights for communities that have been historically marginalized, excluded and silenced. The key components of the campaign are: voting rights, immigration reform, fighting mass incarceration and standing up for women and our young people.

We are moving from the margins to the center of power by working together, taking ownership of our government and becoming the change we want to see we will help transform Florida.

Young Invincibles

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Young Invincibles grew up in a law school cafeteria in Washington, DC, after co-founders Ari Matusiak, Aaron Smith and a few friends realized that young people’s voices were not being heard in the health care debate. They always do their work in partnership with other organizations and committed individuals across the country.