Border Advocacy Training Project 

One of our project participants, Rico, leaves the U.S. for the first time in 20 years on his advance parole trip. March 8, 2024.

Justice Action Center (JAC) and Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) partnered to launch the Border Advocacy Training Project, a pilot program arranging one-day advance parole trips for DACA recipients to volunteer at a migrant shelter in Tijuana. Participants will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the situation at the border and gain a deeper understanding of the socio-political factors influencing international migration, the impact of current U.S. border policies, and the social and legal needs of migrants. The program is open to DACA recipients who (1) are members and/or staff of social justice organizations or (2) are individuals interested in learning more about US-Mexico immigration issues. For a glimpse of what the day would look like, see this video of one of our participants on his advance parole trip. 

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program. Participants will receive legal support and preparation of their advance parole as well legal support for the duration of the trip at no cost. Although there is no cost to participate in the program, we hope that employers will assist participants with the $630 advance parole filing fee and travel costs to meet the trip organizers at the pre-departure meeting location in San Diego, California. Limited filing fee and travel scholarships may be available.

How to Participate: Trips are being held monthly and we are accepting requests for participation in our program on a rolling basis. If you’re interested in participating contact JACAdvanceParole@justiceactioncenter.org 

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