In Case of Deportation: A digital guide for young people
A high school student in Connecticut has designed a platform called "In Case of Deportation" that aims to help young people prepare for the possible deportation of their parents.
How do you talk about deportation? Who do you communicate with if you feel your family is at risk?
These and many others questions represent the doubts and fears that hundreds of young people and children feel every day across the country in the face of the enforcement of anti-immigrant measures by the U.S. government.
Jody Bell, a 16-year-old high school student in Greenwich, Connecticut, has witnessed how many of her friends don’t dare talk with adults or school counselors about the possible deportation of their parents or relatives, she told the Associated Press. She says that "(her friends) would talk to close friends, like me and some others. And that, I think, was one of the first times that I recognized that this was an issue.”
The AP reported that Bell launched the project this month “amid criticism of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy.”
It was thanks to having contacted the organization Girls With Impact in her hometown that Bell managed to design a project that would allow her to "do something about it," creating the portal In Case of Deportation.
Her website describes the mission of the project: “to give children more power to start a discussion about deportation, and give them the resources and support that they need to follow through and take initiative to prepare for these emergency situations.”
"It’s an online program aimed at young people between eight and 18 years old, written in understandable language," the young woman explained about her platform that describes step-by-step what deportation is, how to talk about it, what are the options for the young people in case their parents are deported, and possible steps to prevent a deportation.
"In some situations, your father or custodian can be detained with a view to his deportation without even saying goodbye or with a few minutes to prepare. Before this abrupt halt happens, it’s important that you and your family are prepared."
According to the Girls With Impact press release, the platform created by this young woman is already being used by several school districts, including New Rochelle, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut.