Our Programs

Refugee Program

Border Rights Clinic

Al Otro Lado hosts periodic Refugee Assistance Clinics in migrant shelters throughout Baja California. We train volunteer attorneys on asylum law and how to represent refugees seeking protection in the United States. We are grateful for our partnerships with the University of California Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Golden Gate University School of Law, 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 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.

Al Otro Lado is the organizational plaintiff in Al Otro Lado v. Kelly, a class-action lawsuit challenging CBP’s unlawful practice of denying asylum seekers access to the U.S. asylum system. Al Otro Lado is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Immigration Council, and Latham & Watkins.

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 Jose Mares (mares@alotrolado.org).

Al Otro Lado represents/coordinates representation for several of the Adelanto Hunger Strikers.