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Asylum Seeker Project

 

SABA is organizing volunteers to go to Dilley, Texas to help asylum seekers. The principle function of the SABA volunteers will be to document the asylum seekers’ stories, in English, in preparation for their presentation of their cases to immigration courts. The current resources available to asylum seekers are very limited so your help is greatly needed.

 

We will be working with the Dilley Pro Bono Project who will provide training and resources to all of our volunteers. Dilley is a border town just over an hour southwest of San Antonio. 

 

More Information

 

When: April 21-27, 2019

 

Where: Dilley, TX

 

Who: Any SABA member with (a) an interest in the work, (b) availability for the entire week, and (c) Spanish proficiency (or who can be accompanied by a translator). 

 

Skill Requirements:

  • Fluency in Spanish is not required, but it is strongly preferred that you be proficient in Spanish, or travel with someone who has Spanish speaking abilities.
    • Please rate your fluency and/or access to a translator when you register.
    • Use the following question as your guide - How well can I sustain a casual conversation with a Spanish speaker over 2 hours?
  • An immigration law background is not required. The Dilley Project will provide you with on-the-ground training and we will supplement that with some basic background materials.

 

Costs: As the program is entirely voluntary, you will be covering the costs of your own travel. These are estimated to be:

  • Airfare to San Antonio
  • Approx. $450 for a week in a hotel
    • If you would like to share a room, please be sure to indicate as much on your registration
  • Approx. $100-$200 for food and incidentals
  • Approx. $100 for ground transportation

Pro Bono Credit: This program is generally pro bono eligible, but you should clear your participation with your employer. 

 

Number of participants: We are limited to 21 participants for this week.

 

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2019

 

Stipend: We understand that some of our members who would like to attend may need to apply for assistance with their costs. Thanks to support from SABA Foundation, approved participants will receive a stipend of $200 to help defray costs of the trip. Checks will be issued within one week of your return from Texas. Please return this form to foundation@sabanorthamerica.comand outreach@sabanorthamerica.com.

 

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