UUCSJ partners with BorderLinks to offer journeys to the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Experience a week-long immersion in the realities of the border, including both the deep injustices and the inspiring community responses to this ongoing crisis.

Who is BorderLinks?

BorderLinks is UUCSJ’s main partner for this immersion journey program; it 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. 

Why go to the border?
  • Amid rising xenophobia and threats against basic human rights, UUCSJ’s “Sanctuary and Solidarity” journey offers a timely chance to deepen your capacity to practice effective solidarity.
  • Through a visit to the border wall, meetings with grassroots partners, listening to migrants tell their stories, and walking the dangerous desert paths that so many risk while crossing the border, you will experience the depth of the immigration crisis firsthand.
  • You’ll return home inspired and prepared to join emerging campaigns to renew, expand, and strengthen “sanctuary” in the time to come.
Who can go on a BorderLinks program?
We regularly schedule border trips for religious leaders, and we can organize a trip for any congregation or youth group with a minimum of 10 participants.

UUCSJ programs are also open to participants from any background who are interested in exploring the connection between spirituality and social justice. Individuals are welcome to register for any upcoming trip to the border, and we will contact the leader of the congregation to see if they are open to have additional participants.

If your congregation or youth group is interested in organizing a trip to the border, please contact Gina Collignon, gcollignon@uucsj.org.

How much does a border trip cost?
Cost: Total cost depends on number of days and adult vs. youth. Please see the list below. Note these costs  do not including airfare. Additional expenses may include passport application or renewal and vaccinations.

  • Adult journeys generally cost between $800 and $1,100 per person
  • Youth journeys generally cost between $700 and $1,000 per person

Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs for adults and 75% of program costs for youth 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions for BorderLinks journeys.
Sample Itinerary
Click here to download a sample itinerary for a BorderLinks journey.



Please note this itinerary may change from group to group, and for youth groups we will work to customize the itinerary to the group’s needs and interests.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303