a message from museum director, lauren kelley
In recent days, since the current presidential administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy was set in place, images and accounts of the separation of children and parents attempting to cross the U.S. border have been alarming and intolerable. While the executive order to detain the children of immigrant parents was revoked, no plan exists to reunite families and relieve these vulnerable individuals of the trauma they have experienced.
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling community has zero tolerance for acts of racism, bigotry, inequality, hatred, bullying, brutality, and xenophobia. We are committed to nurturing the curiosity, creative spirit, and empowerment of all children ages 3-8 and their families, without regard to immigration status.
Our door is open to every person in the neighborhood. We accept who you are, what you look like, who you love, how much money you have, what your religious beliefs are, and where you are from. The Sugar Hill Museum is committed to uplifting families, defending the rights of our youngest visitors, and actively creating a welcoming environment that cultivates joy, teaches empathy, and truly celebrates the diversity of our community.
Standing up for justice is a reoccurring theme in the history of Sugar Hill as resilience is a hallmark of our neighborhood. To those affected by these most recent events, we stand with you.
Lauren D. Kelley
Director and Chief Curator
To learn more about this issue and get involved, we encourage members of our community to explore the organizations and resources below:
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc., an organization providing direct legal services to the immigrant children separated from their families.
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, an organization legal services to the asylum-seeking parents being separated from their families.
Annunciation House, an organization that provides refuge to migrants.
Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, an organization helping pay immigration bonds to free detained people, helping to reunite them with family, avoid bail bond lenders, and improve their chances in immigration court.
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), an organization that helps bond out immigrants.
The CARA ProBono Project defends refugees from deportation from within the infamous Dilley Family Detention Center.
The National Immigrant Justice Center and its clients thrive on the financial support of caring individuals. Your gift can reunite a family, free a detained asylum seeker, or even save the life of an individual who faces deportation to a life-threatening situation.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works alongside attorneys and social workers to take action serving in the best interest of the child.
The Texas Civil Rights Project is also working to reunite families through legal work and interviews with as many people affected as possible.
Neta is a bilingual, grassroots and Latinx-run organization based in the Rio Grande Valley that tells stories of immigrants from both sides of the border.
The Florence Project, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona.
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project(ProBAR) provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas.
Kids In Need of Defense, KIND staff and their pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.