Our work in public relations and social media strategy sometimes intersects with fundraising efforts, as it did this week when Legal Aid Justice Center launched a crowdfunding effort through CrowdJustice, a platform designed to raise funds specifically to support legal cases. Â We think legal help should be available to anyone who needs it, and CrowdJustice was established on that premise. The case Legal Aid is asking to support is Aziz vs. Trump,
“Just hours after President Trump signed his executive order on immigration, Tareq and Ammar were handcuffed, detained, and forced to sign papers that they had neither read nor understood. Â Those papers signified a “voluntary” waiver of their legal immigration status. Â They were then put on a plane to Ethiopia, the location of their layover on their way to Dulles. Â As of this writing, they are still in the airport, unable to leave and with no place to go.”
The goal of Legal Aid’sÂ litigation is to force the United States government to bring Tareq and Ammar back to the United States and to restore their immigration status. Â The organization is seeking the same for each of the other ~60 Visa holders and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) deported from Dulles under similar circumstances.
If you’re inspired to give to this case, or others like it on CrowdJustice, you can do so here. The CrowdJustice platform brings legal aid to the masses, which should be of interest to all of us.