Learn about the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border by volunteering with immigrant aid organizations in McAllen, Texas this Spring Break. Then, come back to Washington, D.C. to continue to serve immigrant communities in the DMV area. Our program will examine the root causes of the immigration crisis happening at the U.S.-Mexico Border near McAllen, Texas while serving the immigrant aid organizations who live there. We will focus on human rights, border control, the migrant experience, and day-to-day life in border communities.
Dates of Engagement: March 10 - 17, 2019
Estimated Cost: $1,200 - $1,400*
*Final cost is subject to change based on the finalized itinerary and program fundraising efforts
Cassie Castro is a senior majoring in political science with a double major in public relations and strategic communications. She was born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is Chilean-American. In the future she hopes to attend law school and continue her work with immigrant advocacy around the country. Cassie is excited to be an Alternative Break leader this year because her previous Alternative Break experience had a profound impact on her and she hopes that this year's participants can be just as inspired.
Romina Martin is a junior majoring in Law & Society with a minor in Spanish. She was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the DMV area when she was 8 years old. In the future she hopes to become an immigration attorney to serve immigrant families while providing social services to minorities as well. She is very passionate about advocating for the LatinX community and uplifting Latinas. She is excited to be an Alternative Break leader because she hopes to spread awareness about the social and human rights side of immigration.
Day 1 - Community Center in McAllen, shopping trip for supplies/groceries
Day 2 - First day of working with Proyecto Azteca
Day 3 - Second day of working with Proyecto Azteca
Day 4 - Visit detention center/meet with immigration lawyer
Day 5 - First day of working with Humanitarian Respite Center
Day 6- Second day of working with Humanitarian Respite Center
Day 7 - First day of working with South Texas Human Rights Center
Day 8 - Second day of working with South Texas Human Rights Center
Day 9 - Clean up/travel back to D.C.