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Arizona Border

Arizona Immersion

"The immersion exposed me to unimaginable suffering, but also let me see that there is hope and beauty in every circumstance. Immigration is no longer just a policy buzzword I hear on the news. It is a reality that both hurts people and offers salvation. I see the ways immigration can transform people's lives for the better, but also how immense suffering and injustice is enlaced into our country's legal system." -Abby Alvarez

Saturday, March 21st - Friday, March 27th, 2020

Cost: $750

This year, the Ignatian Center is delighted to start a new partnership with Kino Border Initiative, a binational 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.


Application Process 

Applications for Summer 2020 trips are now closed.

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.