Solidarity with the Central American Exodus

Support Refugees along the U.S./ Mexico Border

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas

Annunciation House is a volunteer, non-profit organization providing accompaniment and basic emergency services to asylum seekers at the border.

**January 2020 Update: Annunciation House is recruiting short-term (two-week) volunteers to support their work in hospitality centers in El Paso through March 2020. Visit Short-Term Volunteering for more information**

RAICES in San Antonio, TX

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) provides free and low-cost education and legal services to underserved immigrant families, children, and refugees in Central and South Texas. Many of these families are fleeing violence from their home countries in Central America and are seeking asylum in the U.S. Volunteers will specifically work within the Karnes Pro-Bono Project at the Karnes County Residential Center.

Volunteer Work, Skills Needed, and Logistics

Annunciation House Volunteers

JANUARY 2020 UPDATE: Annunciation House is recruiting short-term (two-week) volunteers to support their work in hospitality centers in El Paso through March 2020. Visit Short-Term Volunteering for more information and contact short-termvolcoordinator@annunciationhouse.org with any questions. Please note that due to the volume of emails they receive, it may take 5-7 days for you to receive a reply.

RAICES Volunteers

The RAICES Karnes Pro-Bono Project assigns volunteers directly inside Karnes County Residential Center. Volunteer work includes, but is not limited to conducting intake with clients to assess legal needs, asylum interview prep, and providing “know your rights” information.

Skills needed: All volunteers must be fluent in Spanish (no exceptions). Having a legal background is not necessary for this volunteer work as training will be provided to all volunteers ahead of service. 

Volunteers do not need to be UU or affiliated with a UU Congregation to participate in this volunteer opportunity. 

RAICES: Volunteer Dates

Volunteers must commit to work from Monday to Thursday from 9AM to 8PM for a minimum of one week. 

Due to the volatile nature of the U.S. immigration system we ask for volunteers to remain flexible as plans can change very quickly, even while in San Antonio. 

Start Dates: Mondays beginning in December 2019

RAICES: Cost and Logistics

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel, housing, and meal costs during their volunteer service. Volunteers can choose to stay in San Antonio or Karnes City, closer to the detention facility. Car-pooling with RAICES staff from San Antonio, Texas to Karnes County Residential Center is available at no cost.

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