Children in Immigration Court

A U.S. appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed to gain legal representation for immigrant children in deportation proceedings. How did this lawsuit come about and, in advocating for these most vulnerable of immigrants, what’s next?

Two years into a lawsuit filed to establish the right of immigrant children to court-appointed attorneys, a federal appeals court panel of three judges unanimously rejected the class-action status of the suit, asserting that such claims must be filed individually, in accordance with their reading of immigration law, and after deportation proceedings are exhausted. The ruling is a major blow to the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union and several immigrant rights groups who have sought to correct the unacceptable situation through legal means.

At issue are the due process rights of these children who, unlike plaintiffs in criminal cases (deportation proceedings are civil cases), are not assigned a free court-appointed attorney, and immigration judges are not authorized to appoint one. Countering the class-action suit, the U.S. government filed a brief maintaining that the constitutional right to legal representation does not apply in immigration cases. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed on jurisdictional grounds (meaning it is not up to the judiciary to solve the problem), but as Judge Mary Margaret McKeown wrote in her opinion (concurring with Judge Milan Smith), “I cannot let the occasion pass without highlighting the plight of unrepresented children who find themselves in immigration proceedings. I write to underscore that the Executive and Congress have the power to address this crisis without judicial intervention. What is missing here? Money and resolve—political solutions that fall outside the purview of the courts.”

Indeed, federal funding has been allocated for programs that provide lawyers for unaccompanied children, which implicitly acknowledges that unaccompanied children deserve legal counsel even while the government holds that there is no constitutional obligation to provide it. As former Attorney General Eric Holder remarked in 2014 as more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors flooded across the U.S.–Mexico border, “Though these children may not have a constitutional right to a lawyer, we have policy reasons and a moral obligation to ensure presence of counsel.”

In so many ways, the moral issues overshadow the confounding legal ones. Thousands of immigrant children—many in their teens but some as young as three years old—are required to act as their own lawyers, at trials conducted in a language they don’t understand, in formal and foreign administrative surroundings, opposite trained federal prosecutors, and with no awareness of potential asylum, relief, or U.S. citizenship claims for which they might be eligible. Often, adult relatives who may be in attendance are not permitted to speak on the child’s behalf.

It is revealing to consider that in other legal scenarios (child welfare, juvenile delinquency, etc.), children are not expected to represent themselves. Yet in immigration court, where deportation, family separation, and a return to the life-threatening circumstances in countries of origin are possible consequences, children are left to fend for themselves. It is not an understatement to say that many of these cases are a matter of life or death. Currently, the need for legal representation is overwhelming, and public interest law firms, migrant advocacy groups, and government programs cannot meet it. According to the Department of Justice, 42% of more than 20,000 unaccompanied children in deportation proceedings from July 2014 to December 2015 had no legal representation.

Not surprisingly, the trial outcomes are frequently heartbreaking. Since 2004, more than half of unaccompanied minors without a lawyer were deported. Nearly 60% of these children would have qualified for some form of humanitarian protection under international law (U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees), but without the guidance of legal counsel, they would be unlikely to claim these protections.

And immigrant children are not the only ones facing the overwhelming odds of deportation when legal counsel is not provided. Migrant men and women are similarly ineligible for a court-appointed attorney, and find it extremely difficult to obtain counsel. The impact of self-representation—on length of detention, deportation relief, and family separation—is staggering. On the other hand, when legal representation is engaged (only 37% of cases), immigrants are 4 times more likely to be released from detention, 11 times more likely to apply for deportation relief, and more than twice as likely to successfully obtain that relief. (For more information, see: )

Despite the recent rejection of the lawsuit, the ACLU and other migrant advocacy and immigrant rights groups will appeal the ruling as the number of unaccompanied children rises once more. Citing the frightening violence in Central America that many of these children are fleeing, Ahilan Arulanantham of the ACLU (and a 2016 MacArthur Fellow; see other article in this newsletter) commented, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are thousands of children whose lives are at stake. If they receive an attorney, they’re far more likely to be able to present and win their claims for asylum. If they do not have an attorney, it’s virtually impossible for them to do that.” And so the fight—a legal one, with dire real-life implications—continues.

NOTE: The class action lawsuit, J.E.F.M v. Lynch, was filed in Seattle, WA by the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L LLP on behalf of thousands of children who meet the following criteria: (1) under 18 in immigration proceedings in the Ninth Circuit on or after June 24, 2016; (2) lack legal counsel; (3) unable to afford an attorney; and (4) potentially eligible for asylum or make claims to U.S. citizenship. The suit charged the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Office of Refugee Settlement. In failing to provide court-appointed attorneys to unaccompanied minors in immigration court, they were charged with violating the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause and the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions requiring a “full and fair hearing.”

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Immigration and Border Work Recognized by MacArthur Foundation

Twenty-three writers, artists, scientists, educators, and other people of vision were honored this year with prestigious MacArthur grants; five of them are doing work that advances our understanding of immigration, the immigrant experience, and the border.

Each year the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation distributes their widely anticipated “genius” grants, in recognition of extraordinary “originality, insight and potential” in a range of fields impacting the arts, science, and the overall cultural fabric locally, nationally and internationally. Awarded since 1981, the fellowships are granted to individuals who have been anonymously nominated, then evaluated by panel of 12 similarly unknown experts in their respective fields. Finally, winners are informed and announcements are made with great fanfare, not least because the award brings with it incredible validation and a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 distributed over five years. The accolades and cash go a long way toward furthering important work when it’s ripe for growth and greater impact.

The 2016 MacArthur fellows—23 in all—include five recipients who are working on issues affecting immigrant rights, communities and cultural appreciation. Here they are with condensed bios from the MacArthur Foundation website. (A full list is available at: .)Remember their names—you’ll be hearing more from them.

  • Ahilan Arulanantham: Human Rights Lawyer
    Director of Advocacy and Legal Director
    American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
    “Ahilan Arulanantham is an attorney working to secure the right to due process for individuals facing deportation. Through advocacy and successful litigation of a series of landmark cases, Arulanantham has expanded immigrant detainees’ access to legal representation and limited the government’s power to detain them indefinitely. Courts have traditionally characterized deportation proceedings as civil cases, which means defendants do not have many of the rights guaranteed to criminal defendants, including the right to counsel and the right to ask for release on bond. As a result, immigrants going through deportation hearings often have to represent themselves in complex proceedings, during which they can be detained for months or even years…Through his incremental approach and careful selection of cases, Arulanantham works to demonstrate the human costs of denying due process to immigrants and to set vital precedents to expand the rights of non-citizens.” Arulanantham worked on the recent class action lawsuit to obtain court-appointed attorneys for unaccompanied children in immigration court. (See other article in this newsletter.) More at:
  • Josh Kun: Cultural Historian
    Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
    “Josh Kun is a cultural historian exploring the ways in which the arts and popular culture are conduits for cross-cultural exchange. In work that spans academic scholarship, exhibitions, and performances, Kun unearths and brings to life forgotten historical narratives through finely grained analyses of material and sonic manifestations of popular culture. He complicates our understanding of the evolution of racial and ethnic identity in America in works such as Audiotopia (2006), a comprehensive comparative study of African American, Jewish American, Mexican American, and Mexican popular music, and…To Live and Dine in LA: Menus and the Making of the Modern City (2015),” which explores “the diverse and vibrant culture of Los Angeles, with an emphasis on bringing present-day communities together around historical intersections of cultural expression…In these and many other projects, including cultural studies of the U.S.-Mexico border, Kun is showing how communities that may have historically been seen as separate actually have much in common.” More at:
  • José A. Quiñonez: Financial Services Innovator
    Mission Asset Fund
    San Francisco, CA
    “José A. Quiñonez is a financial services innovator creating a pathway to mainstream financial services and non-predatory credit for individuals with limited or no financial access. A disproportionate number of minority, immigrant, and low-income households are invisible to banks and credit institutions, meaning they have no checking or savings accounts (unbanked), make frequent use of nonbank financial services (underbanked), or lack a credit report with a nationwide credit-reporting agency. Without bank accounts or a credit history, it is nearly impossible to obtain safe loans for automobiles, homes, and businesses or to rent an apartment…Quiñonez is helping individuals overcome these challenges by linking rotating credit associations or lending circles, a traditional cultural practice from Latin America, Asia, and Africa, to the formal financial sector…[His] visionary leadership is providing low-income and minority families with the means to secure safe credit, participate more fully in the American economy, and obtain financial security.” More at:
  • Sarah Stillman: Long-Form Journalist
    The New Yorker
    New York, NY
    “Sarah Stillman is a long-form journalist providing new and compelling perspectives on social injustices in stories of people usually invisible to mainstream reporting. Stillman has written on a wide range of topics both in the United States and abroad, including the use and abuse of civil asset forfeiture, the perils faced by young police informants, and the kidnapping of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border…Committed to following many-faceted stories through to their conclusion, no matter where and how long it takes her, Stillman teases out the complex forces driving the marginalization of her subjects…In bringing to light the plight of those at the margins, Stillman is changing the terms of debate around even well-covered issues and demonstrating the continued power and relevance of long-form, immersive journalism.” More at:
  • Gene Luen Yang: Graphic Novelist
    San Jose, CA
    “Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens…In American-Born Chinese (2006), Yang integrates tropes from American comics, Chinese folklore, and the Chinese immigrant experience. Three interlocking narratives contribute to a nuanced depiction of the struggles of adolescent Jin Wang as he comes to terms with his bicultural identity and attempts to assimilate in America…Having written much of his work while employed as a high school computer science teacher, Yang recognizes the instructional value of comics…[and] is leading the way in bringing diverse characters to children’s and young adult literature and confirming comics’ place as an important creative and imaginative force within literature and art.” More at:
2016 MacArthur Fellow Ahilan Arulanantham of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California worked on the recent class action lawsuit to obtain court-appointed attorneys for unaccompanied children in immigration court. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

2016 MacArthur Fellow Ahilan Arulanantham of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California worked on the recent class action lawsuit to obtain court-appointed attorneys for unaccompanied children in immigration court.
Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Immigration in the News

The news this month includes several articles about the dangers migrants encounter throughout the world, and coverage of notable government, citizen, and artist efforts to support and aid migrants. In addition, there are a number of southern Arizona stories, documenting literacy education for immigrant women, public demands to close private detention centers in the state, and the continuing defeat of SB 1070.

From Fronteras (9/6/16), news of the first dental school at the U.S.–Mexico border, to open in 2020:

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KBI October Announcements

Be sure to check out the UA-sponsored Tucson Humanities Festival this week; the focus is refuge, and the impact of migration, climate change, and displacement. Also, along with the holidays, Giving Tuesday approaches—a chance to support the KBI during a season of thanks.

  • Tucson Humanities Festival: This year, the Tucson Humanities Festival (formerly Humanities Week) focuses on the theme of refuge and runs from October 10–17, 2016. Sponsored by the University of Arizona, the festival includes lectures by Humanities faculty and invited presenters on the impact of migration, climate change, and displacement. For more information, see:
  • Giving Tuesday: Mark the date—Tuesday, November 29—as an opportunity to make a gift to the Kino Border Initiative! Giving Tuesday is a nationwide campaign that reminds us of the importance of charity in the midst of the holiday abundance. Help us provide hope and support to migrant men, women and children as we advocate for more just and humane immigration policies. You can donate here, on Giving Tuesday or anytime, with our deep thanks:
The Tucson Humanities Festival takes place from October 10–17, 2016.

The Tucson Humanities Festival takes place from October 10–17, 2016.

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In-Kind Donations for the KBI

Fall is a great time for cleaning out—and taking up a collection for the KBI. Please consider pulling together the items you no longer want or need, and making an in-kind donation of clothing, shoes or toiletries. Or organize a drive at your church or school, as Brophy College Preparatory did a couple of years back. Their Halloween “Boo Jean” day inspired many students to “wear a pair and bring a pair,” providing much-needed replacements for migrants visiting the KBI. Clean clothing and hot meals address immediate practical needs, but they also help to restore a modicum of dignity and hope during a time of uncertainty and upheaval.

Our warehouse can always use clothing that is in good shape, particularly men’s and women’s jeans (men’s waist 29–34) and underwear (sizes small and medium). And travel-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste) are particularly helpful. To make an in-kind donation, please contact Ivette Fuentes at or (520) 287-2370, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 2:30pm. Thank you for providing these critical necessities!

KBI staff and volunteers help the migrants at the comedor select the garments they need. Photo by Roxane Ramos.

KBI staff and volunteers help the migrants at the comedor select the garments they need.
Photo by Roxane Ramos.


A creative way to spur donations: The students of Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix wore jeans on Halloween and brought pairs to donate to the KBI for their “Boo Jean” campaign. Photo from Brophy College Preparatory.

A creative way to spur donations: The students of Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix wore jeans on Halloween and brought pairs to donate to the KBI for their “Boo Jean” campaign.
Photo from Brophy College Preparatory.

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The Reality of Detention

Immigration and civil rights groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol in June 2015 asserting that detainees have endured abhorrent conditions while in short-term detention facilities. Now, recently released photos and expert testimony offer persuasive evidence supporting these claims.

In mid-August, Federal District Court Judge David C. Bury, presiding over the class-action suit Doe v. Johnson accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of human right violations in Arizona’s southeastern sector, released expert testimony and video stills documenting the appalling and unacceptable conditions in short-term detention centers there. He struck down a motion by CBP to withhold the evidence from the public, finding for the plaintiffs and the Arizona Republic who argued for First Amendment access to court proceedings and government practices.

The still images—screenshots taken from thousands of hours of surveillance footage collected last fall—show overcrowded cells while others are empty, migrants huddled under thin thermal blankets on the floor, a mother using the same sort of blanket as protection from the cold concrete as she changed her baby’s diaper. The cells in which these migrants are detained were not designed to hold people indefinitely—they have concrete floors, no beds, cold temperatures, lights on continually—and Border Patrol policy dictates that detainees cannot be held in them for more than 12 hours. Yet records show that they are held for days at a time in harsh and inhumane conditions before being deported or transferred to long-term facilities to await court proceedings (often expedited through Operation Streamline) and likely deportation.

The experts who testified on behalf of the plaintiffs offered testimony that corroborates the conclusions drawn from these disturbing photos. Former Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections Eldon Vail reported that the conditions were “unnecessarily harsh, dangerous and contrary to accepted practices and standards.” Forensic sanitarian Robert W. Powitz submitted that “the unclean, unhygienic and unduly cold conditions in which people are held…serves no legitimate purpose and creates an unjustifiable risk of harm to detainees.”

Sadly, the deplorable conditions of these detention centers come as no surprise to the staff of the KBI. The migrants at the comedor and shelter share their stories of the crossing, apprehension at the border and elsewhere, the detention experience, and deportation—the entire journey often riddled with indignities and outright abuses. The KBI has been collecting this data since its inception in 2008, and contributed to and co-published two reports detailing the findings. (Please see: and )

The testimonies of migrants at the KBI confirm the recently released evidence of the lawsuits and highlight urgent concerns for immigration policy more broadly. Specifically, inadequate legal representation as well as expedited prosecutions (wherein as many as 80 cases are processed in an afternoon) mean that migrants are criminalized without considering the reasons for their migration or their eligibility for asylum. And family separation continues to be a heartbreaking outcome for so many detained individuals. The KBI continues to address these various issues through advocacy, education and research. In the meantime, raising the standards in short-term detention facilities and requiring accountability—potential outcomes if the lawsuit is successful—is a critical step in creating a more humane and just immigration system.

MORE INFORMATION: The lawsuit was filed by The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP. For more details about the released photographs and testimony, please see the following links:

Embed from Getty Images.Mexican migrants wait in a holding cell at the U.S. Border Patrol detentions center in Nogales, AZ. Though these cells are meant to house people for a few hours to half a day, many individuals are held for several days. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

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The Problems with Prison Privatization

The U.S. Department of Justice made a landmark announcement in August–they will phase out private prisons, which house the majority of non-citizens convicted of federal crimes and are known for their substandard conditions, over the next five years.

Since the 1990s, two major legal changes have caused U.S. prison populations, already the largest per capita in the world, to escalate dramatically. The first was a crime bill signed into law by President Clinton, which increased the number of drug-related prosecutions. The second, some years later, was the criminalization of immigration offenses—illegal entry and re-entry into the U.S., once handled as civil matters, have been increasingly prosecuted as federal crimes. To house the rising number of inmates—and with the goal of keeping costs down—the U.S. government contracted with private corrections companies, opening thirteen privately operated facilities since 1996, eleven of which are used exclusively for non-citizens. With the Department of Justice’s recent decision to phase out private prison contracts, these correctional facilities, approximately one-eighth of the federal prison system, will be closed within the next five years.

Why are non-citizen inmates relegated to these private prisons? In large part, it is because one key area of cost-cutting is in training programs and support services for re-entry into society once a prisoner’s time is served. Since non-citizens are there for immigration crimes, the majority will be deported to home countries upon release. (Note: The Department of Homeland Security also engages private corrections companies to operate immigration detention facilities—the same companies that manage the private prisons, in fact—but these are a separate, though related, system from the federal prisons overseen by the Bureau of Prisons.)

Overall, the economic cutbacks in private prisons have contributed to substandard conditions, poor staffing, and inferior medical care, the latter of which is responsible for numerous inmate deaths and four riots (spurred by protests about unaddressed medical complaints). Though these failures have been well-documented over the years and some constitute human rights violations, a year-long probe and report by the U.S. Inspector General found that for-profit prisons are more dangerous than government-run facilities and has prompted overdue action and the DOJ’s announcement. At the same time, Jeh C. Johnson, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a memo calling for a full review of immigration detention facilities with an eye toward moving in the same direction. That report is due at the end of November.

These long-recognized failures of private prisons have come about for a range of reasons. Here are some of the factors:

The Bottom Line: The U.S. government frequently engages the private sector for various projects, for both economic and expediency reasons. In the case of private federal prisons, cost-cutting was the primary motivation to contract with private correction companies who are accustomed to minimizing expenditures in order to maximize profit. This goal inherently contradicts providing quality programs and services. Short cuts, indefinitely postponed repairs, understaffing, undertraining, and subcontracting for substandard medical care become common practice. And since there is no larger marketplace to keep such unethical practices in check (more about monitoring by the U.S. government, below) and demand quality services and programs (see “Lower Standards,” below), shareholders are served while inmates suffer. Economically speaking, the private sector is exactly the wrong realm in which to entrust human beings while demanding low cost, and it’s not surprising that federal prisons run by the U.S. government exhibit more acceptable conditions and have more comprehensive programming and services.

Lower Standards: The U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) requires government-run prisons to meet standards stipulated in “program statements.” These statements lay out hundreds of rules regarding staffing, meal schedules, medical care, etc. that public federal prisons must follow. In contrast, only a few dozen program statements apply to private prisons, another cost-saving measure that results in lower standards across the board. In the area of medical care, for example, private prisons often engage vocational nurses, who have one year of training, to diagnose and treat inmates when a doctor or nurse practitioner would be called for. In this, ten private prisons were found to have violated state practice laws in hiring low-level medical professionals to operate outside their scope of practice. In one prison, an inmate complained of head pain on 18 occasions; each time, he was seen by low-level medical staff, prescribed Tylenol, and returned to his cell. When he finally collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was diagnosed with AIDS-related ailments, from which he died some days later. According to BOP rules, HIV testing for all inmates is compulsory, and several medical reviewers concurred that had the inmate been tested as required, he would be alive today.

No Facility Uniformity: Three correction companies—Corrections Corporation of America, Geo Group, and Management and Training Corporation—manage the 13 private prisons in the BOP system, but none of these prisons, even those operated by a single company, resemble each other or employ uniform design standards for their structures. Instead, the companies find facilities they can convert to prison use. And so, one prison houses inmates in large Kevlar fabric tents, another in bunk beds arranged a few feet apart, still another in an adapted Air Force base and adjacent hotel. The result is often inferior cell conditions and overcrowding.

Conflicts of Interest: Contracts are enforced with on-site monitors who report violations of the already minimal standards private correction companies must meet, with more formal inspections every 6–12 months. These on-the-ground monitors have reported ongoing problems and violations for years, often recommending steep fines. However, the BOP has frequently reduced or excused these fines, even renewed contracts for failing facilities that should have been shut down. A likely reason is the close ties between the BOP and the private prison industry, which often hires former BOP officials at very attractive private-sector salaries. This failure to impose fines and close facilities has left underlying profit motives unchecked and unacceptable prison conditions unaddressed.

Separation from Family and Community: In 2015, more than 70,000 people were charged with illegal entry or re-entry, representing about half of all federal prosecutions. Currently, somewhere between 40 and 50% of the 22,000 prisoners incarcerated in privately operated federal prisons are non-citizens. In addition to suffering the harsher conditions of private prisons disproportionately, these foreign-born inmates are frequently more isolated from their families and communities than their U.S.-born counterparts. The families of non-citizen inmates are frequently in other countries and so cannot visit, support or advocate for them. Often, families are not even aware of their loved one’s status or well-being. In one tragic story, an immigrant inmate’s family did not hear news of his death for a year, and did not learn that the young man had committed suicide until a journalist contacted them while researching an article.

The decision to close private federal prisons is good news for civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights advocates as well as for the inmates themselves and taxpayers who have paid for two decades of failed prison privatization. Over the next five years, as contracts lapse and privately-run institutions close, the BOP could follow some of the recommendations put forth in a 2014 report from the American Civil Liberties Union—strengthen oversight and publicly post inspection results; set reasonable phone rates for inmates to communicate with their families; eliminate quotas designed to fill beds; end discrimination against non-citizen inmates with respect to work, education and programming opportunities; and allow non-governmental agencies and the media access to facilities, so that public opinion can contribute to making private corrections companies accountable.

MORE INFORMATION: For more background on the history of private prisons in the U.S. and the conditions in these facilities, please see the following:

Embed from Getty Images.Protesters gather in front of GEO Groups headquarters in Florida to condemn the company’s active lobbying efforts to criminalize and imprison immigrants and people of color in order to make a profit from their imprisonment. May 2015. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.


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KBI September Announcements

This month, we welcome new staff members, invite you to a Tucson fundraiser, and provide information about a concert series benefitting refugees.

  • New KBI Staff: The Kino Border Initiative is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Jorge Arturo Capistran, a Jesuit in formation, is the new Assistant to the Director of Programs in Mexico, and Sister Maribel Lara Hernández, M.E. joins the staff as Volunteer Coordinator.
  • October Fundraiser: Save the date now and join us in Tucson to raise funds for the KBI! Board member Larry Hanelin, the KBI’s volunteer photographer, and his wife Rosemarie will host an afternoon fiesta on Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 4:00–6:30pm. Contact Ivette Fuentes at the KBI to receive an invitation: And look for more information in the October newsletter and online at
  • JRS/USA Concert Series: Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has organized a series of October concerts to raise awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis and benefit refugee education. The headliners for “Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees” are: Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. For more information and the concert schedule, go to:


Sister Maribel Lara Hernández, M.E. joins the KBI staff as Volunteer Coordinator.

Sister Maribel Lara Hernández, M.E. joins the KBI staff as Volunteer Coordinator.


Jorge Arturo Capistran is the KBI’s new Assistant to the Director of Programs, Mexico.

Jorge Arturo Capistran is the KBI’s new Assistant to the Director of Programs, Mexico.


Fr. Sean addresses those gathered at last year’s Tucson fundraiser. Photo by Larry Hanelin.

Fr. Sean addresses those gathered at last year’s Tucson fundraiser.
Photo by Larry Hanelin.

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Supporting Refugees Worldwide

Lend your voice and support to these worthy efforts from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the International Rescue Committee on behalf of refugees throughout the world.

World Humanitarian Day serves as a reminder to support refugees and displaced people across the globe. Photo courtesy of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

World Humanitarian Day serves as a reminder to support refugees and displaced people across the globe.
Photo courtesy of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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Immigration in the News

Among the immigration headlines this month are stories about border life; the positive impact of immigrants in the U.S.; dangers faced by migrants on the road and in detention; the issues involved in identifying migrants who have died on the journey; the need for children to have legal representation in immigration court; the deportation experience of an undocumented young man raised in the U.S.; and two inspiring art projects.

Embed from Getty Images. Since 2004, more than half of immigrant children who did not have lawyers have been deported. Photo by Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images.

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