Goals of a BorderLinks experience:
Explore historical and current immigration policies and their impacts on communities across the borderlands and throughout the Americas
Speak with people directly affected by migration, including migrants and others who live in the borderlands, and with advocates for migrant justice
Build connections with people and organizations fighting for migrant justice on both sides of the border
Think critically and intersectionally about solutions to the root causes of migration
Develop tools to take action for positive social change in your home communities
How it works:
Each delegation is a group of individuals that are committed to learning about the policies and circumstances that have affected thousands of lives across the border. Delegations can be pre-existing groups from universities, schools, civic associations, etc. Individuals and small groups that wish to join a delegation will be paired with other individuals or small groups to create a delegation.
Delegations can range in size from 7-30+ people and a delegation’s length of stay can range from 1-14 days. BorderLinks charges $180 per person per day; that fee includes all programming, interpretation, lodging, meals, and transportation excluding airfare. BorderLinks staff consult with trip leaders to plan itineraries that meet the goals and needs of the delegation. We engage every delegation in workshops that delve into complex topics and current issues. BorderLinks staff end each day with a group reflection and conduct an action planning activity at the end of a delegation's visit to develop strategies and tools for taking action in your local communities.
Delegates stay in our dorm, located in our building just south of Tucson's downtown business and entertainment district. Delegates will enjoy lunches and dinners prepared daily by BorderLinks staff, who can meet any dietary needs. Delegates make their own breakfasts in our kitchen, using food provided by BorderLinks. We maintain a vegetarian kitchen.
opportunities for individuals and small groups
Individuals and groups of less than seven can participate in BorderLinks programs at special times during the year. Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll tell you about upcoming opportunities.
Activities for delegations:
Walk migrant trails in the desert
Witness migration-related court proceedings
Visit migrant shelters and immigration detention centers
Meet with community members, activists, and academics throughout Tucson and the surrounding borderlands
Travel to Mexico or stay on the US side of the border to explore the Arizona context more deeply.
Listen to many different voices and hear the stories of people who are impacted by border and immigration policies in a variety of ways.
Where do delegations come from?
This map shows many of the delegations that have come to BorderLinks since July 2017: