Meeting the changing needs of asylum seekers, refugees, and at-risk immigrants in collaboration with others.

2019 by the Numbers

Bus Backpacks: 18,447
Airport Backpacks: 7,130
Total: 25,577
We have also sent many backpacks to shelters in Nuevo Laredo.
At the end of the year, IWC had 866 volunteers,
3418 followers on our Facebook page,
And 1,850 “subscribers” to our mailchimp mailing list.

Travis Park Church sheltered 22,376 people during the seven months between March 28 and October 20.
At least 32,379 migrants passed through San Antonio.
The food bank served 85,521 meals.
Besides the Food Bank, volunteer groups from churches and
Mobil Loaves and Fishes made 350 double lunches a week for families to take with them on their bus trip.
2,842 received medical care at the pop-up health clinic.
City volunteers served 40,341 at the Migrant Resource Center.
City Council voted unanimously, 11-0, to fund the MRC.

IWC in the News

Only God’s hand has kept us safe

Asylum seekers living in Nuevo Laredo wrote heartbreaking letters telling of kidnapping and death. The envelopes are handmade.   (Rosa Flores, CNN)  Maximo, an asylum seeker, fled his native Honduras with his son to seek a new life in the United States. But while waiting for their cases to be heard he says they have…

WATCH: Horror stories at the U.S. southern border

IWC Volunteers, consider this your homework before your next shift! This mini-series gives us a better understanding of how much trauma our asylum seekers have gone through.   Series made by Anne Lewis and stories are told by Jennifer Harbury, who recounts her encounters with asylum seekers and border patrol.   Anne Lewis, the documentarian,…

San Antonio Officials: Migrants From Congo With Ebola Were Not Sent to City

“San Antonio officials were forced to hold a press conference on June 11 to dispel false reports from right-wing figures and conspiracy theory websites that migrants from Congo with Ebola had been sent to the Texas city. San Antonio has seen an influx of Congolese immigrants seeking asylum in recent weeks, and officials did put…

Trump Dumped Thousands of Immigrants in San Antonio. The City’s Response Was a Lesson in Kindness.

“When it’s up close and personal, people do a better job separating the politics from the people.” “Catholic Charities USA and Interfaith Welcome Coalition had been assisting migrants at an average of about 50 a day. This was different. “We had surges of 150, then 250 and 300 people coming in one day,” Bridger said, “and (the…

Network of local churches opening home shelters to support migrants

“A network of local churches that make up the Interfaith Welcome Coalition are helping shelter the influx of migrants traveling through San Antonio. We spoke with a woman from Honduras who used to make and sell her own tortillas. We’re not revealing her identity to protect her safety. She says business was going well, when…

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RAICES recently obtained recordings of 2 fathers trapped with their children at Karnes Detention Center. We all know conditions have always been brutal inside Karnes, but these recordings make it evident detention is no place for families during the COVID19 health crisis. #FreeThemAll #safeandtogether ... See MoreSee Less

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The Interfaith Welcome Coalition, as a member of the Texas Border Collaboration Network, appreciates the dedication and bravery of those groups along both sides of the border between Texas and Mexico who help Asylum Seekers.

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Some of the groups recognized by the TBCN who are working so tirelessly are:

Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley www.angrytiasandabuelas.com/

Doctors Without Borders USA www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Fellowship Southwest fellowshipsouthwest.org

Global Respnse Management www.global-response.org/

Hope Border Institute www.hopeborder.org/

La Posada Providencia lppshelter.org/

Mission Border Hope www.missionborderhope.org

El Buen Samaritano Migrante Shelters Pastor Ortiz (Nuevo Laredo)

www.gofundme.com/f/el-buen-samaritano-migrante-shelters-mpp/donate

Resource Center Matamoros resourcecentermatamoros.org

Team Brownsville www.teambrownsville.org/
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Timeline PhotosLast night, BDS won the immediate release of 10 immigrants detained by ICE in NJ. A federal judge found that ICE continued to be deliberately indifferent to the basic needs of people in immigration detention, so much that their detention is likely unconstitutional.

This is a huge victory, but we won't stop until we #FreeThemAll.

Statement here: bds.org/brooklyn-defender-services-wins-immediate-release-of-ten-immigrants-in-ice-detention-amid...
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