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Application Process 

Selected participants for immersions will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.

Applications for Winter Break 2021 are now closed.

Applications for Spring Break 2022 will open on November 19.

Arizona Border

ARIZONA

Saturday, March 19 - Friday, March 25, 2022
Cost: $750

This year, the Ignatian Center is delighted to continue our partnership with Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a bi-national organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi­-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies

The majority of time on immersion is spent at the KBI aid center (comedor) for deported migrants in Mexico, where participants serve food and have the chance to speak with recently deported migrants. The core of the experience is listening to the stories of individuals impacted by the immigration system and building relationships with them. The group will also have the opportunity to hike in the desert, witness criminal prosecution of immigrants in Tucson, and learn more about the immigration system. Visit the Kino Border Initiatives website to learn more.