We are hiring for the Volunteer Coordinator position!
DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION: KBI Volunteer Coordinator Posting 2021
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for encouraging persons and communities to be in solidarity with migrants that the Kino Border Initiative serves. This role includes collaborating with KBI staff team to recruit and engage volunteers to support KBI’s mission and ensuring compliance with the KBI Safe Environment Program.
The Volunteer Coordinator will work primarily in the following areas:
- Identify needs and schedule volunteers in coordination with relevant KBI staff.
- Recruit and onboard volunteers to assist with KBI’s humanitarian aid programs, and support to KBI’s education and advocacy dimensions.
- Ensure that new and current volunteers are compliant with Safe Environment Program and that their individual files are audit-ready (details within job description).
- Organize programming for volunteers, both full time visiting volunteers and interns as well as volunteers based locally who are regularly engaged with KBI.
- Promote a community atmosphere among the team of volunteers and the KBI staff.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority deadline of October 11, 2021.
To apply please send cover letter, resume and contact information with three professional references to: Jorge Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org
KBI values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.
Join us to Restore Protections for Holy Families March on September 25, 2021!
This year, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated on September 26, Catholics worldwide are called upon to remember those displaced and fleeing conflict, violence, human rights abuses, persecution and climate-related disasters. We draw parallels between the migrants caught in this contemporary crisis and what our Holy Family- Mary, Joseph, and Jesus- endured to escape persecution and imminent death, and to find refuge in Egypt. According to the Gospel of Matthew, “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.” (Matthew 25:35-43). We heed His Holiness Pope Francis’ message on World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be in solidarity with the sojourner by “welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees.” It is our spiritual, moral and humanitarian imperative to put an end to the countless harmful patterns and practices and to build support for protection and aid for migrants seeking asylum.
Join us on Saturday, September 25th at 2:00pm (PST) at the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and march in solidarity and accompany migrants seeking asylum at the border.
- Watch the live stream at https://www.saveasylum.org/restore-protections-for-holy-families-2021.html
- Join in-person at the border wall in Nogales, Arizona (details below)
The #SaveAsylum coalition mobilizes migrants, faith-based groups, and over a dozen humanitarian organizations to restore clear and transparent access to asylum. The coalition works to recognize and publicly condemn the US government’s violation of international law as well as the 1980 Refugee Act. A complementary aspect of this public condemnation is lifting up the testimonies of asylum seekers and acknowledging the injustices that they have faced not only in their home country, but as they wait outside the border of a country that had vowed to receive and protect them. The #SaveAsylum coalition has organized nine events since August 2020.
How can you stand in solidarity with asylum seekers?
Our border partners have invited faith leaders (both vowed religious and lay) from throughout the U.S. to travel to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora to participate in a migrant-led public action to restore asylum protections on Saturday 25, at 2pm PST, and to consider playing a public role in this action, which may involve accompanying and bearing witness to migrants who wish to present at the port of entry to request asylum.
Organize a public witness in your local community
In addition, our partners have asked for people to organize prayerful public witnesses across the country on September 25th and on each Friday throughout the month of October. The hope is that these public witnesses will be prayerful in tone, share the stories of asylum seekers, ideally occur at sites related to the federal government (i.e. federal buildings, courthouses, DHS offices, etc.), and attract local media attention.
Learn more about these actions: https://ignatiansolidarity.net/restore-holy-families-protect-asylum/
Let us know your plans of solidarity and accompaniment by completing this form.
Fore more specific directions, email Gia Del Pino, email@example.com
For media enquiries, contact Gia Del Pino- KBI Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org , (520)-208-7716
Build Bridges, Not Walls Launch Border Pachanga- September 11, 2021
KBI’s Sister Maria Engracia Robles Robles, co-editor of Voices of the Border: Testimonios of Migration, Deportation, and Asylum joined several artists, writers and activists in a bi-national panel to consider “a world based on humanity and justice is a world built with bridges. Todd Miller, author of Build Bridges, Not Walls hosts a crossborder book event and performance at the border wall in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora.
KBI Education Team- Leadership days
Leadership days is an annual event put on by the KBI Education and Advocacy Team. The goal is to bring high school students who had already participated in a Kino Immersion together from across the country for four days of intensive leadership training and networking. Students prepared for this weekend by praying for migrants, sharing stories of migrants in their families or who they know, and researching and collaborating with other participants on group presentations concering migration.
These past two months we have bid farewell to a few beloved staff members and at the same time welcomed new and exciting team members.
We give our deepest appreciation and gratitude as we bid farewell to our beloved Volunteer Coordinator, Rosalie Candua. We thank her for always showing kindness, sharing their wisdom, and leaving her mark at KBI and in each of our hearts. We wish her many blessings as she embarks on their new path.
Sister Luz Elena Guzman Vargas began working with KBI during the second week of August. She comes from Jalisco, MX.
In her own words: “At Kino, we give the best service that we can. It is a great value for the migrants who come to the border and make their decisions whether to seek asylum or cross. Kino offers different services such us the opportunity to clean up after a long journey, to eat, and at least listen to them. It is a great relief for those who come. That makes me happy to be at Kino. To be able to listen to them, to be able to be with them, and to share their experiences. And it motivates me. When I complain that I have many problems, I know I have none compared to them. So that motivates me, gives me life, and I thank God for being here.”
Sister Anastasia “Tachita” Monjaras began working with KBI last month. She comes from Oaxaca, MX.
In her own words: “What gives me hope is that with migration I discover a different world, a more human world. Because they say the more difficult it is, the more hands that join. That seems very noble to me. There are many people who care and collaborate. It is not a job of one person, it takes teamwork. It means being in a team with the migrants.”