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Federal Bureau of Investigation: New Fraud Schemes Targeting Families of Unaccompanied Children

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2014

FBI San Antonio Press Office, (210) 632-4214, (210) 650-6333

Federal Bureau of Investigation – San Antonio Division, US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection – South Texas Campaign, seek to warn the public about new fraud schemes which attempt to exploit and prey on relatives of the recent influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States. The perpetrators of these schemes have demanded payments from family members, claiming the monetary payments will cover processing and travel expenses needed to allow the children to be reunited with their families. 

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Update on Refugees and Current Donation Needs as of July 16, 2014

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, CLICK HERE.

As of Thursday, July 10th, the refugees from Texas have been suspended. They may resume at some point and we will keep you posted. But we still need your help. Refugee families from Central America and Mexico are still coming to San Diego directly through our local ports of entry and they are seeking asylum and other humanitarian relief because of danger they face back home.

They, like those that have come before them, will need the support of the San Diego community while they process their relief applications. The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) has organized a support system to provide care packages and other assistance for the families who arrive with little more than the clothes on their back.

Needed Items (as of July 16): Please note we are only accepting new items (nothing used):

  • Bottled water
  • Reusable bags
  • Backpacks
  • Non-perishable food with protein (pull-tab if a can)
  • New packaged underwear and socks for women (small and medium sizes)
  • New packaged underwear and socks for children and teens (all sizes, both genders)
  • Jeans/pants/shorts for boys age 11-14
  • Hand towels (that can be used for washing and other purposes)
  • Travel size toiletries (shampoo and soap especially)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Phone cards

 You can donate these items at the following locations (additional locations coming soon):

  • MONDAYS  11 AM – 6 PM
    UURISE & Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (North County)
    1600 Buena Vista Dr.
    Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 477-7537

    THURSDAYS  10 AM – 3 PM
    Employee Rights Center (City Heights)
    4265 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 210
    San Diego, CA 92105
    (619) 521-1372

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, CLICK HERE.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  

If your organization has taken up a collection and you have a large quantity of goods to donate, we ask that you contact us directly so we can arrange for delivery at our centralized storage facility.  In other words, if you have more than a carful of items, please call us. Thanks!

MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION: 

SDIRC is also providing assistance with travel, temporary shelter, and groceries for refugee families in transition. If you would like to make a financial contribution towards this effort, please donate here.

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Thank You

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We asked and you answered. San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) put out a call for donations and supplies for refugees on Saturday, July 5 and we received 33,000 items. We are humbled by the compassion and generosity of everyone who pitched in. We are distributing these items and will let the community know when we need more. Thank you for caring and opening your hearts.

 

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