Estrella Insights - January Edition

Estrella Insights - January Edition

February 1, 2024

New Website Launch: Get in the loop!

We kicked off the new year with the exciting launch of our brand-new website. Designed for easy navigation, it provides seamless access to information, resources, and legal services for migrants and refugees.

Our goal is to offer a user-friendly experience, allowing visitors to explore our services, access resources, learn about our history and mission, and support our cause by donating to sustain our community efforts. Take a moment to check it out and consider subscribing to our monthly newsletter for updates!

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Shedding Light on Key Facts In January, we recognized National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, shedding light on the following key facts: - An estimated 27.6 million people are currently victims of trafficking worldwide. - Boys represent the fastest-growing segment of identified human trafficking victims. - The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) provided increased protections for trafficking victims in the United States. - January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, symbolized by wearing something blue in solidarity.

We emphasize the importance of fostering a community where survivors feel supported, empowered to speak out, and unafraid to report traffickers, ensuring they are held accountable.

Tragedy at the Border: Time for Change Sadly, January brought tragic news as a mother and her two daughters drowned while in pursuit of a better life. This heartbreaking incident highlights the urgent need for a dignified asylum process, a reformed immigration system, and a unified approach between state and federal systems. Amidst this, the U.S. Supreme Court’s close decision to remove razor wire along the U.S.-Mexico border resulted in a dispute between federal and state governments. Refugees and migrants endure hardships, navigating hunger, harsh weather, and danger while attempting to pass through razor wire and icy rivers.

Governor’s Disturbing Statements Texas Governor’s alarming statement about not shooting people crossing the border raised concerns. Our Legal Director, Imelda Maynard, expressed deep disappointment and disgust, emphasizing that violence should never be the answer in the face of urgent humanitarian need.

Catholic border organizations, including our Executive Director Melissa Lopez, condemned extreme anti-immigrant policies, declaring that violence does not represent Texans. They reiterated the importance of welcoming the stranger and emphasized that human dignity should never be compromised.

Fee Increase Alert: Heads Up! The month concluded with an update from USCIS regarding application fees for certain immigration applications. Starting April 1, 2024, these fees will be increasing.

So, while January had its ups and downs, we’re staying positive and ready to keep overcoming all the challenges that come our way. With your support, we will continue to work tirelessly to create a future full of hope, opportunities, dignity, and, most importantly, a world where YOU BELONG.