HIAS Border Response Team


There are currently more than 13,000 asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, either waiting for their opportunity to present themselves at the border so that they can request asylum under a process called metering, or that have been sent back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be adjudicated, pursuant to the Administration’s Remain in Mexico policy (as known as Migrant Protection Protocols - MPP). These asylum seekers are not aware of their legal rights and need to receive information about the very complicated process of seeking asylum in the U.S. as well as referrals for legal representation. 

As a response, HIAS created the Border Response Team, located on the U.S.-Mexico border in the twin cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. We invite you to be part of this response and apply to participate in one of our two border volunteer programs. 

-On-Site Volunteer: Volunteers who stay in El Paso, Texas, and travel into Ciudad Juarez daily to assist local staff in screening asylum seekers for potential legal representation. Participants must be able to cover the costs of their travel (some financial assistance may be available - please fill out the Financial Assistance Application).The on-site volunteer candidates will require a short telephone interview and background check. 

-Remote Volunteer: Online volunteers who commit to a certain number of hours each week to translate documents that are needed by asylum seekers from Spanish to English.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer programs, please select the application in which you would like to participate and fill out the corresponding application form.

Additional information such as participants' profiles and time commitments will show in each application form.

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