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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, International, Promotion of International Understanding

Mission: BorderLinks is an international leader in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics. BorderLinks transforms lives by bringing people together to engage critically and creatively with communities impacted by immigration and border policies in the U.S. and Mexico. Our experiential educational programs, workshops, and bi-national partnerships put local issues into a global context, encouraging individuals to join with each other to build movements for personal and societal change.

Results: Annually, BorderLinks works with over 600 individuals who learn about border and immigration policies and use their experiences to take action in their own communities and nationwide. We work in solidarity and accompaniment with individuals and organizations impacted by immigration policies and build a deeper understanding of the border situation. We partner with the HEPAC community center in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to provide workshops and community empowerment opportunities.

Target demographics: students from universities, high schools, and seminaries; people of faith; civic groups

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 600 individuals from universities, religious organizations, seminaries, high schools, and civic groups

Geographic areas served: Arizona-Sonora borderlands, Chiapas, Copper Canyon, U.S. nationwide

Programs: BorderLinks currently provides transformational educational programs to over 500 people per year, offering 1-10 day Arizona-Sonora border delegations, extended summer civic engagement programs, community workshops, and programs in Chiapas and the Copper Canyon. These programs focus on topics such as border history, immigration policies, economics, and the public discourse about immigration. Participants gain a deeper understanding of border and immigration policies through direct experience, engage in focused reflection, and make connections to communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

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Rating: 5

Experiencing the borderlands first-hand provides the opportunity for real discovery and was the best way I have found to feel confident to engage in conversations ranging from globalization to immigration to social-justice.
Being able to witness, have a guided group reflection and then decide how I wanted to behave with the new knowledge I had acquired, was a life-changing experience. Standing in front of the border wall from both sides, talking to border patrol agents, sharing a meal with migrants who had just been deported or who were about to venture across, or staying with a family who had built their home out of materials they found at the maquilas, all made a lasting impression on me. As the coordinator and participant in two semester-long programs with Borderlinks, I am forever aware of my connection to that not so faraway land; as a consumer, educator, voter, and inter-culturally competent individual.