First Deportation Hotline Launches in Illinois

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CHICAGO -- The country's first 24-hour Deportation Family Support Hotline will launch Sept. 19 to help Illinois families and children left behind in deportations. The hotline will serve callers from Illinois in English, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

In the past five years, 48,330 people have been deported from the Chicago ICE region, leaving an estimated 80,550 children without a parent.

The hotline is being launched by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in partnership with 35 social service agencies; the Catholic Church and other ministers; 17 private law firms and the National Immigrant Justice Center; Mexican hometown federations; the Adler School of Professional Psychology; the Mexican Consulate; and 67 trained bilingual volunteers.