U.S./Mexico Border

U.S/ Mexico Border, Berkeley Law Alternative Break Trips (Blue Color)


Border BLAST will send a group of students to Tucson, Arizona to work with Keep Tucson Together (KTT).  KTT is a grassroots, pro-bono legal group that works with volunteer attorneys to stop deportations and the separation of families in Southern Arizona.

Every year, thousands of people are detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona. The children primarily come from Central America, while the adults come from many different countries around the world. Many of them travel to the United States seeking protection from violence and persecution in their home countries. Having language barriers, little understanding of U.S. law and court procedures, and limited financial resources, they face tremendous obstacles to winning immigration relief. KTT serves detained adults and unaccompanied children. Services mainly consist of direct representation and assistance completing legal forms and applications.

The work law students will have the opportunity to engage in may include: completing client intakes with KTT, preparing applications for DACA, asylum, citizenship, family petitions, cancellation of removal, and ICE bonds. There may also be the opportunity to attend an immigration court hearing. In addition to our work with KTT, Border BLAST also hopes to volunteer with two other organizations serving immigrant communities in the border region. We hope to work with the Kino Border Initiative and Iskashitaa, who provide basic necessities to immigrants and refugees in the Arizona/Sonora border region.

U.S./ Mexico Border Blue Map- BLAST

Time Commitment: The time commitment would be approximately 40 hours for the entire trip. Prior to our trip, we anticipate having a 5-hour training session with KTT and monthly meetings to get to know one another and go over logistical information for the trip.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at borderblast@berkeley.edu