Border Asylum Trip for McGeorge Law Students
Join us to help create a working spring break project for our students to engage in a meaningful application of their legal education. Your gift will help sponsor seven inspired McGeorge students on a trip to Tijuana to partner with Al Otro Lado, a nonprofit performing asylum assistance to applicants both in Tijuana and San Diego. Our students will spend their spring break putting their legal education to use helping individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States, providing legal advice, assistance with documentation, and guidance during their journey towards entry. Upon their return to McGeorge, they will host an event open to the campus for our students, faculty, and staff to hear about the experience and ask questions.
Al Otro Lado
Al Otro Lado started as a project in 2012 between current board members Nora Phillips and Esmeralda Flores. At the time, Nora was a Staff Attorney at CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) in Los Angeles and Esmeralda was an attorney for PDIB (Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional), a human rights organization along the US-Mexico border (Esmeralda is now the binational outreach coordinator with ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties for the Lopez-Venegas settlement for victims of coercive and deceptive practices by Customs and Border Protection). Esmeralda was in Tijuana, housed at the Casa del Migrante, a large, longstanding migrant shelter in Tijuana that has helped hundreds of thousands of migrants since its inception in 1987. Esmeralda screened deportees and migrants for violations of civil and human rights by Mexican and US law enforcement authorities, sometimes within as little as hours after their deportation from the US.
For more information, please email Ashley Silva-Guzman, Community Outreach Chair for the Student Bar Association.