KBI annual fundraising dinner
Kino Border Initiative works binationally between the U.S. and Mexico to promote humane, just, and workable migration. Through our Migrant Outreach Center located in Nogales, Mexico, KBI staff and volunteers provide humanitarian aid including daily meals, medical assistance, shelter, job placement, youth programming, legal advocacy, and pastoral accompaniment. Through its education and advocacy efforts, KBI aims to inform and activate others to understand the reality of migration, affirm the dignity of our migrant brothers and sisters, and transform immigration policy.
The annual fundraising dinner is returning to an in-person event on Saturday, March 12, 2022. This special event will carry the spirit and joy the KBI dinner has become known for and raise vital funds to support the #KBI mission.
🌟We invite you to join us to be part of the celebration! 🌟
KBI welcomes Dr. Obed Ruiz to the team!
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Obed Ruiz to the KBI team. In his own words:
Well, I believe that health is a service that we should all have, regardless of our status. And in a certain way, I have changed cities several times. I understand what it is to arrive in a new city, even if one migrates under completely different circumstances. For the migrants, they migrated for security and economic reasons. Others migrate with a secure job and with sufficient financial resources. So in many ways, I empathize.
Because when you arrive in a city you don’t know anyone. You don’t know the city. Not one person. And it is very difficult to trust people. You don’t know if a stranger can cause you harm, or if the place where you are is safe.
As a migrant, one of the main things you struggle with is access to health care. Because if they get sick, they don’t have someone to support them or help them. And even if they were to have an accident, they have nowhere to turn. I think that Kino offers that support for them. I am pleased to be a part of the team.
Kino teens across the U.S. participate in a letter writing campaign to demand the end of Title 42 and MPP.
Catholic High School students from across the U.S. worked collectively to mail off 305 letters to members of Congress today, urging the Biden Administration to overturn Title 42 and the “Remain in Mexico” and restore asylum protection for vulnerable migrant families.
7th annual Walking in Mercy summit
KBI’s Education and Advocacy team along with Kino Teen chapters, from five high schools throughout the state of Arizona, convened February 12th at Salpointe Catholic High School to learn from each other, pray, reflect and act in solidarity with migrants. They participated in an collective art project, where each school decorated a tree to represent a migrant’s journey. Part of the program included: a virtual chat about asylum with migrants in Nogales, MX, breakout sessions to learn more about immigration law, trainings on how to raise awareness on campus, and a VISA simulation to understand the various hurdles that migrants face as they navigate the U.S. immigration system.
Learn more about Walking in Mercy here.
In loving memory of Hilde
We remember our beloved friend and longtime volunteer, Hildelgarda “Hilde” Soltero Cabrera, as she recently passed away in January. We honor her memory and service this year with the Pope Francis Award, which will be awarded to her and another volunteer, Maria del Carmen “Calita” Cuevas Cisneros, at our annual fundraiser.