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Government races against deadline to reunite all children it separated from their parents at border

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In a filing by Leah Chavla of the Women's Refugee Commission, Chavla said one mother at a family detention center in Dilley was put on the phone with a child that was not hers. "The mother kept saying to the child that he did not sound like her son until she realized she was, in fact, talking to a different child," Chavla's declaration reads. 

The federal government could have more legal fights on its hands over the deported parents. Michelle Brané, the attorney-director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, said cases will be analyzed by attorneys on an individual basis.

Where Are The Parents Who Were Separated From Their Children And Removed From US?

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Only about a dozen have been found so far, according to Erika Pinheiro, an attorney at Al Otro Lado, a pro bono legal services provider that is working with the Women's Refugee Commission, International Social Services and other groups to locate these families in Central America.

711 Migrant Children Still Separated From Families Hours Before Reunification Deadline

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“The continued trauma and injustice facing these families is a human rights crisis that this administration brought upon itself,” Michelle Brané, director of Women’s Refugee Commission’s migrant rights and justice program, told The Daily Beast in a statement. “These traumatic separations are unacceptable, and it is unconscionable that it is now taking weeks and potentially months to reunite children with their parents.”

The Government Has Decided That Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Are Ineligible to Be Reunited with Their Kids. Who Are They?

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 “The government keeps trying to narrow the class of families covered by the judge,” Michelle Brané, of the Women’s Refugee Commission, told me. “It is weeding out cases based on lots of things that are not always legitimate or final.”

Singer-songwriters lead tour opposing immigration policies

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The Women’s Refugee Commission announced “The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” will also feature Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs and Graham Nash.

The tour will run Oct. 23-28 in Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Collingswood, New Jersey; Boston and New York City. Not all artists will appear on all dates.

Kids Separated From Their Parents at the Border Describe Their Nightmare

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In one case, a 4-year-old girl “was so traumatized that she wasn’t talking. She was just curled up in a little ball,” according to Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Deadline to reunite immigrant families arrives, but a “serious situation” remains at the border

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Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission, said that she had received credible information that the Office of Refugee Resettlement was scrambling to locate the deported parents — but that because the government had kept no records, the effort was proving difficult.

Jackson Browne, Graham Nash to perform on The Lantern Tour benefiting US border refugees

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Jackson Browne and Graham Nash are among the well-known musicians taking part in a five-date benefit trek this October dubbed The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrants and Refugee Families. The acoustic shows will raise money the Women's Refugee Commission, which advocates for immigrants and refugees seeking asylum and safety at the U.S. border.

The Lantern Tour: Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne Team For Border Families

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The Women’s Refugee Commission pulls no punches stating its political views: “From separating families to detaining them to making it harder for people to claim asylum, migrant and refugee families – including children – are under attack by the Trump administration.” It also promotes the hashtag #endfamilyseparation. 

Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash & More Unite For The Lantern Tour

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The worlds of music and political action will come together this fall an impressive group of singer-songwriters will head out together for The Lantern Tour. The five-date run of benefit shows is to “bring together art and advocacy to stand with families seeking safety at the U.S. border and the nightmare that has become their existence” with proceeds set to benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle Join The Lantern Tour to Benefit Migrant and Refugee Families

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Country and Americana legends Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle will kick off a five city tour this October, starting in Nashville and ending in New York. The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Familieswill also include Jackson Browne and Graham Nash.

The Lantern Tour was organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization that advocates on the behalf of immigrants seeking asylum.

Celeb musicians launch tour to benefit migrant families impacted by Trump policies

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A group of high-profile musicians and songwriters — including Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and Graham Nash — is hitting the road, launching a tour to benefit migrant families separated by President Trump’s hardline immigration policies.

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne coming to Collingswood in benefit for families separated at the border

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Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and Steve Earle will be participating in a five-city concert series to support families who have been separated at the border due to immigration policies put into place by the Trump administration. The Women’s Refugee Commission announced the Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families, which will run from Oct. 23 thru Oct. 28.

The Lantern Tour Concerts For Migrant, Refugee Families Sets Nashville Date

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“The Women’s Refugee Commission has been on the front lines in advocating for the safety of women and children. Their work is as remarkable as it is critical, especially right now,” said Emmylou Harris, a supporter of the Women’s Refugee Commission. “It is my honor to partner with this incredible organization and to bring my friends along for what I know will be a powerful tour.”

Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, More Set for Concerts to Benefit Migrant & Refugee Families

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"The Women's Refugee Commission has been on the front lines in advocating for the safety of women and children," said Harris in a statement. "Their work is as remarkable as it is critical, especially right now. It is my honor to partner with this incredible organization and to bring my friends along for what I know will be a powerful tour."      

Founded in 1989, the WRC advocates for the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. The organization has been on the forefront fighting President Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy on the Mexican/U.S. border that has resulted in children being separated from their parents coming over the border. Funds toward the concerts will go toward ending family separation and detention. 

Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter and More to Bring Lantern Tour to City Winery

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The Women's Refugee Commission is a nonprofit organization that investigates and reports on the treatment of asylum-seekers and advocates on their behalf, alongside groups like the ACLU and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). On Tuesday, word came through that a group of stars spanning a range of pop, rock, country and Americana will be playing a short run of concerts in October, called The Lantern Tour, to raise funds for the WRC. 

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle Plot Tour in Opposition to Trump Immigration Policy

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An impressive array of Grammy-winning artists, including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and Graham Nash, will embark on a five-city tour this fall in an effort to end the Trump administration’s family separation policies. Organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission, which has been advocating ending the practice of detaining families seeking safety at the U.S. border, the Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families are set to take place from October 23rd to 28th, beginning with a stop at Nashville’s City Winery.

Emmylou Harris to headline 'Lantern' concerts to help immigrants at U.S. border; N.J. tour stop included

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“The Women’s Refugee Commission has been on the front lines in advocating for the safety of women and children. Their work is as remarkable as it is critical, especially right now,” said Harris, 71, who previously helped organize similar tours for landmine awareness. “It is my honor to partner with this incredible organization and to bring my friends along for what I know will be a powerful tour.”

Hillary Clinton's "Flights For Families" Tweet Suggests A New Way You Can Help Reunite Them

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Clinton pointed out that a coalition of groups called Families Belong Together is set on raising money for flights, hotels, and cellphones for families that had to journey across states to reunite with their loved ones. The coalition's website states that the money raised will assist in reunifying kids split from their families at the border by using donations to "pay for airfare, hotel, and personal items for children and parents released from detention." The sites lists Families Belong Together as a group made up of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, ACLU, Women's Refugee Commission, MoveOn, FWD.us, United We Dream, and others.

'2,000 Libros' Is Donating Books To Migrant Children Separated From Their Families & It's One Of Many Ways You Can Help

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2,000 Libros is one of many immigrant-advocacy organizations that need donationsfrom the public in order to continue helping children separated from their families at the U.S. border. For general donations, ActBlue is perhaps the easiest place to donate money. Described by Bustle writer Caroline Burke as "a one-stop option for donating to 12 important organizations," ActBlue splits donations for migrant children between the following groups: the ACLU, Al Otro Lado, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, The Florence Project, Fuerza Del Valle, Human Rights First, Innovation Law Lab, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), La Union del Pueblo Entero, Neta, United We Dream, We Belong Together, Women's Refugee Commission, and The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Donors may choose how to allocate their donated funds at the time of contribution.