The grant will support the organization's Migration and Forced Displacement Program, which provides critical funding to first responders working to address the humanitarian needs of migrants in transit along the migrant corridor and those waiting out their legal cases in the United States and Mexico, as well as the efforts of grantees to expand their operations and services to match the scale of the crisis.
The commitment follows a $250,000 grant from the foundation earlier this year in support of HIP's Family Unity Fund, which addresses the humanitarian needs of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. After awarding that grant, Packard Foundation staff joined an emergency delegation visit organized by HIP and YWCA El Paso del Norte to the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, where they toured shelter facilities, a migrant processing center, and parts of the border wall and also met with individuals who were either migrating or seeking asylum as well as service providers, attorneys, volunteers, government officials, border patrol agents, and journalists. According to HIP, providers of critical services continue to operate in emergency mode, are stretched beyond their capacity, and often are unable to address the secondary trauma experienced by staff members.
"After our time with the HIP team in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, we committed to not only sharing what we experienced there and the stories of those we met, but to encourage others to engage and respond," wrote Packard Foundation program officer Carlin Johnson Politzer and program associate and manager Linda Gargiulo in a blog post. "At a time when the global context for migrants has become increasingly difficult, we believe this is an urgent and critical moment to act."