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.
**At this time, Annunciation House is no longer accepting short-term (less than three months) volunteers. You can read more about the current circumstances on their website here.**
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
OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE: Annunciation House is no longer accepting short-term volunteers (less than three months) due to the recent announcement on September 23, 2019 that ICE will no longer release refugee families from detention as they await further processing of their immigration, asylum, or deportation cases.
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.