What We Do

Border Rights Project

Border Rights Clinic

Al Otro Lado ‘s Border Right hosts know-your-rights training and legal orientation workshops in migrant shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, and provides direct legal representation to detained asylum seekers in Southern California. The program documents human rights violations committed against asylum seekers at the port-of-entry and inside immigration detention, and the project’s data has been cited by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Human Rights First. The project also provides technical assistance to attorneys with case needs in Mexico.

We are grateful for our partnerships with the University of California Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, USC Sol School of Public Policy, and UC Hastings’ Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, whose staff and students assist Al Otro Lado and our pro bono attorneys in ensuring that asylum seekers’ rights are protected.

We are also proud to partner with the Haitian Bridge Alliance in providing legal and medical services to the Haitian migrant population in Tijuana. We assist Haitians who will remain in Mexico and those who wish to seek asylum in the United States at periodic legal-medical clinics.

We welcome legal, medical, social service, mental health, and other volunteers who wish to assist refugees on both sides of the border. To volunteer, please complete our volunteer application here.

We have an urgent need for individuals willing to provide short- and long-term housing for asylum seekers who otherwise cannot be released from detention. If you are willing to host an individual asylum seeker or family, please e-mail Rigo Martinez (rigo@alotrolado.org).