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GOING ALL IN TO HELP ASYLUM SEEKERS
AT THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER continued

WHERE TO VOLUNTEER
Contact the following organizations
to find out about possible volunteer
opportunities. Help make a difference!

The Advocates for Human Rights
www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org
Al Otro Lado
https://alotrolado.org/who-we-are/
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition
www.caircoalition.org
Freedom for Immigrants
https://bit.ly/Freedom-join

Though we constantly hear about asylum seekers from Central America,
asylum seekers arrive from over 218 countries.

enacted against asylum seekers. For
me, donating my time and expertise
to collaborate with various groups in
this important work is my own form
of personal resistance. It also keeps
me "in-the-know" in a way I can't be
through the television screen. This
precious knowledge enriches my
sense of duty as a U.S. citizen, not to
mention enhances my teaching. In this
way, I fully acknowledge I'm receiving
immense personal benefits. I encourage
my colleagues to consider going all in!
NOTES
1.	
To find out how Migrant Protection
Protocols affect asylum seekers, please
visit https://bit.ly/remain-in-Mexico-policy.
2.	

3.	

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Galvan, Astrid. "By the Numbers:
Migration to the U.S.-Mexico Border,"
Associated Press (July 25, 2019),
https://bit.ly/Galvan-migration.
Blizzard, Brittany, and Jeanne Batalova.
"Refugees and Asylees in the United
States," Migration Policy Institute (June
13, 2019), https://bit.ly/MPI-asylees.

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4.	

U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services,

Immigrant Justice Campaign
https://immigrationjustice.us
Migrant and Immigrant Community
Action Project
https://bit.ly/MICA-Project
Project Lifeline
https://projectlifeline.us

https://bit.ly/HHS-limited-English-proficiency.
5.	

Cantú, Francisco. The Line Becomes
a River: Dispatches from the Border
(Penguin Random House, 2019),
https://bit.ly/Cantú-border.

6.	

Point of View (PBS, June 22, 2004),
https://bit.ly/Farmingville.

7.	

Luiselli, Valeria. Tell Me How It Ends:
An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee

Proyecto Dilley
https://bit.ly/Proyecto-Dilley
Respond: Crisis Translators Network
www.respondcrisistranslation.org
Refugee and Immigration Center for
Education and Legal Services
www.raicestexas.org

House Press, 2017), 28,
https://bit.ly/Luiselli-forty-questions.
8.	

Bancroft, Marjory. "Breaking Silence: What
Interpreters Need to Know about Victim
Services Interpreting," The ATA Chronicle
(November/December 2016), 16,
https://bit.ly/Bancroft-victim-services.

9.	

Credible Fear Interview FAQ (U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services),
https://bit.ly/credible-fear.

10.	

I-589, Application for Asylum and for
Withholding of Removal (U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services), www.uscis.gov/i-589.

Robin Ragan is a professor
of Spanish at Knox College in
Galesburg, Illinois. She has
a PhD in Hispanic literature
from the University of IllinoisUrbana. She teaches all levels
of Spanish, including translation and interpreting.
Over the past year and a half, she has taken three
groups of students to the U.S.-Mexico border to
serve as volunteer interpreters for asylum seekers
held in U.S. detention centers. She received her
certification for medical interpreting in 2016.
Contact: rragan@knox.edu.

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http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org https://www.alotrolado.org/who-we-are/ http://www.caircoalition.org https://www.bit.ly/Freedom-join https://www.immigrationjustice.us https://www.bit.ly/MICA-Project https://www.projectlifeline.us https://www.bit.ly/HHS-limited-English-proficiency https://www.bit.ly/Proyecto-Dilley https://www.bit.ly/Cantú-border http://www.respondcrisistranslation.org https://www.bit.ly/Farmingville http://www.raicestexas.org https://www.bit.ly/Luiselli-forty-questions https://www.bit.ly/remain-in-Mexico-policy https://www.bit.ly/Bancroft-victim-services https://www.bit.ly/Galvan-migration https://www.bit.ly/credible-fear https://www.bit.ly/MPI-asylees http://www.uscis.gov/i-589 http://www.atanet.org

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