BorderLinks: Immigration Justice

Human rights are at stake on the U.S.-Mexico border, and a UUCSJ Immigration Justice program is your chance to understand the issues and respond. Through meetings with partners, listening to migrants tell their stories, and walking the dangerous desert paths so many of them risk in crossing the border, you will experience the depth of the immigration crisis firsthand. We work closely with our partner organization, BorderLinks, and we ground the journey in theological reflection and conversations about how our faith calls us forward to action. You’ll return home prepared and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice. While this journey is grounded in UU theology and values, it is open to people of all spiritual traditions.

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Open Enrollment: Nearly all of our trips are open to individuals, even if a particular congregation is organizing a journey. Please contact us at so we can tell you more.

Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Upcoming Trips
  • Border Justice & Solidarity through Sanctuary: Organized by UUs of Greater Pittsburgh and open to all – February 25 to March 2, 2017
  • Border Justice: Jefferson Unitarian in Golden, CO – June 4-9, 2017; Register by April 19th, 2017 – cost is $925 per person
  • Border Justice: UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada – June 12 to 17, 2017; Register by May 12th, 2017 – cost is $925 per person

The cost of a trip changes depending on the number of days/nights that a group stays. However, the average stay of 6 days/5 nights will cost $925 per person. Pricing does not include airfare. Additional expenses may include passport application or renewal and vaccinations.

UUCSJ is committed to making our programs accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the financial aid request section of the program application.

For additional fundraising we recommend that participants use Faithify, the Unitarian Universalist crowd funding website, which can help either congregations or individuals raise money to cover their costs.

If you are interested in organizing your own congregational group or youth group, we will work with your group and the dates that you prefer. For more information, please see our page on congregational trips and our page on youth group trips.

If you have any questions, please contact us here.


UUCSJ’s Study Guide, a resource for cross-cultural engagement

Harvest of Empire (1:33 run time), directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky (available through the UUA bookstore). Read the latest from our own Beacon Press. This is a very readable book that focuses on the entire notion of declaring human beings to be “illegal,” shining a new light on the history and current reality of migration.

Reframing Global Economic Policies, from the collection of essays, Justice in a Global Economy, ed. Brubaker, Stivers and Peters. The entire book is worth reading (link below), but this essay is of particular importance in understanding the U.S. role in the economic structures that contribute to current immigration.

Additional Resources

Justice in a Global Economy, Pamela K. Brubaker et al.

Trails of Hope and Terror, by Miguel de la Torre

Immigration on the Border, a television episode on World Channel about issues on immigration from both sides of the fence

Our Partner

BorderLinks is a binational, nonprofit educational organization at the U.S.-Mexico border. The organization focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, immigration issues, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the United States, and beyond. BorderLinks has extensive experience designing programs, and nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.

Program Leaders

All programs are led by two bi-lingual Borderlinks staff and one UUCSJ program leader.