Massive waves of migrants begin to arrive to Tijuana and other ports of entry. At the same time, access to the legal right to seek asylum is denied in huge numbers, creating crisis in many border towns due to a lack of shelter and services for the thousands of families and individuals fleeing violence, discrimination, serious threats to their lives, and economic desperation that would previously have been able to seek asylum upon arriving at the border.
Our team members work in a variety of grassroots projects to provide shelter, legal support, medical attention, psychological support, and basic needs to the unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers stuck in Tijuana, and the groundwork for a new non-profit is laid down.
The Border Line Crisis Center shelter begins to operate, temporarily using its offices and the surrounding vacant facilities as an emergency shelter to house hundreds a month, principally women and children, while operating as a drop-in center during the day. The majority of our services are provided to asylum-seekers, but we also strive to meet some of the needs of the houseless, deported, substance-using, and sex work communities.
Lately, huge numbers of asylum seekers, principally from Central America and Haiti, have been arriving to Tijuana once again as policies at the southern Mexican border, specifically in Tapachula, shift once again.
Border Line Crisis Center plans to continue providing shelter and services with all the little resources we have, but hope to establish the support necessary to rent a separate shelter, dedicate our offices to non-shelter services, and expand our capacity for both shelter and services greatly.
The situation at the border and in Tijuana continues to shift chaotically, affecting tens of thousands. However, grassroots projects like ours are able to shift their operations quickly to respond to these changing needs, and are a key part of creating structural change at the border. To do this, we need your support - please share our Donate Page with your friends and contacts!
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