Individuals and Small Groups

Are you an individual looking to join a Borderlinks delegation? Or do you have a group of 2-4 people who want to join a delegation?

BorderLinks hosts week-long and weekend delegations for individuals and small groups. You'll get to meet other people with similar interests, and you'll deepen your understanding of migration-related issues.


Week-Long Delegations

Week-long delegations have five full days of programming and cover a wide range of topics. Programs begin at 8am Monday morning and end Friday evening. Participants may need to arrive on Sunday and leave on Saturday. The cost is $900 per person or $750 for participants who sleep elsewhere (although we strongly encourage participants to sleep in our dorm in order to have full access to the community-building aspects of participating in these delegations). Upcoming week-long delegations:

  • Monday, August 14, through Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Monday, September 11, through Friday, September 15, 2017

Most week-long delegations will:

  • Walk a migrant trail to learn about the hazards migrants face;
  • Meet with humanitarian aid organizations in southern Arizona to learn how they assist migrants;
  • Observe the border wall and learn about the Border Patrol and the methods it uses to find and detain migrants;
  • Learn about and observe Operation Streamline, a US Government program to incarcerate and deport migrants;
  • Meet with organizers of the US Sanctuary Movement to learn about efforts around the country to protect migrants;
  • Learn about the particular dangers that await LGBTQ migrants being held in detention.
  • Participate in experiential workshops led by BorderLinks staff on topics such as Legal Immigration Simulation or Solidarity / Charity.
  • Participate in reflections each evening and action planning at the end of the delegation, led by BorderLinks staff. 

Please note the word "most" in the sentence "Most week-long delegations will...". At times the community organizations we work with are unavailable, so not all delegations will have all of the experiences listed above. 

If participants have the required documents to safely pass through US customs and through Border Patrol checkpoints, delegations can also meet with aid organizations in Mexico, either in Nogales or in Aqua Prieta. And if a delegation has a sufficient number of Spanish speakers, the delegation may be able to meet with migrants in detention centers near Tucson.

Delegates stay in BorderLinks' dorm and eat meals prepared in BorderLinks' kitchen.

You can find more info about scholarships, housing, meals, and other helpful things on our FAQ page.

If you are interested in being a part of one or more of these delegations, fill out our delegation inquiry form


Weekend Delegations

Because of their shorter lengths, weekend delegations have specific areas of focus, and you may wish to participate in more than one delegation. Weekend delegations begin at 5pm Friday and end at 8pm Sunday. The cost is $150 per person. Upcoming weekend delegations:

  • Prevention by Deterrence: Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, 2017.  
  • Resistance in the Borderlands: Friday, August 11, through Sunday, August 13, 2017.  
  • Criminalization of Migration: Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 11, 2017.  

Prevention by Deterrence delegations learn about border enforcement policies that have caused a massive crisis of deaths and disappearances in the Arizona desert. These delegations meet with local organizations resisting through humanitarian aid and abuse documentation efforts, examine the root causes of migration, and learn about US government policies that “address” immigration.

Resistance in the Borderlands delegations meet with grassroots and nonprofit organizations fighting for migrant justice. These delegations come to understand the barriers these communities face, from racial profiling to wage theft to restricted access to higher education, and they learn how communities build networks of support and take action through campaigns and direct actions.

Criminalization of Migration delegations explore the connections between immigration detention and our larger system of racialized mass incarceration. These delegations usually meet with Mariposas Sin Fronteras, a local organization that supports LGBTQ people in immigration detention, and visit with detained migrants in the Florence Detention Center in Florence, Arizona.

During these weekend delegations, delegates will also participate in experiential workshops and in reflections and action planning, led by BorderLinks staff. 

You can find more info about scholarships, housing, meals, and other helpful things on our FAQ page.

If you are interested in being a part of one or more of these delegations, fill out our delegation inquiry form