Several prominent children’s literature authors are raising money for the families who are being separated at the United States / Mexico border due to the policies of the Donald Trump administration.
The April 2018 policy change by the Donald Trump administration to separate children from their parents has been causing mass outrage across the country. Making matters worse, there appears to be no plan for reuniting families.
Those who feel helpless have been looking for things they can do to help those in need. Authors of children’s books including Veronica Roth (Divergent), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost), Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) have decided to band together to try and make a difference.
As of Wednesday the authors have raised close to $150,000 in a fundraiser called Kid Lit Says No Kids In Cages. Donations are benefitting The Florence Project (“providing legal & social services to detained immigrants in Arizona”), the ACLU (“fighting attacks through the legal system”), RAICES (“offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families in Texas”), Womens Refugee Commission (“advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution”), Kids In Need of Defense (“protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney”), and Al Otro Lado (“serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles”).
“As members of the children’s book industry who have built careers with teen and youth readers around the world, we jointly and strongly condemn the inhumane treatment of immigrant children evidenced by the United States Department of Justice in the past week,” they said in a joint statement.
“We believe that innocent children should not be separated from their parents. We believe the ‘Zero Tolerance’ directive issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cruel, immoral and outrageous. We believe the Department of Justice is engaging in practices that should be restricted to the pages of dystopian novels. We demand and expect better, and call on our readers to do the same.”
Their initial goal of $42,000 was quickly met earlier in the week, and it looks like they’ll easily surpass their new $150,000 goal. Support the fundraiser right here.