Madres y Familias Deportadas offers immediate support to people who have been deported to Tijuana or those who are migrating through the city. Located directly across from the San Ysidro port of entry, volunteers conduct outreach to people who have just been deported or families trying to cross to the US. Often, people who have been deported arrive in Tijuana with no money or ability to contact family for support.
Our center supports migrants in their transition with free phone calls to the US and Mexico and a grassroots network of service providers. Depending on donations, we offer clean clothes and water, in addition to connecting people with local shelters, rehabilitation centers, and legal counseling. For Mexican nationals without papers, we provide support to acquire identification, birth certificates, and other legal documents. Additionally, we work with local businesses to find jobs for people who have been repatriated.
Since 2016, more than 3,000 Haitian nationals have settled in Tijuana. In response, Madres Deportadas began a program for Spanish language classes, taught at night and according to the schedule of community participants. The class hopes not only to improve the employment opportunities of migrants who don't speak Spanish, but also to facilitate the integration of Tijuana's international communities. Additionally, we offer classes in English and host holiday celebrations.
Madres Deportadas supports Friends of Friendship Park's activism to reopen El Parque de la Amistad to families on either side of the border. Every Sunday, families can meet at the park to meet along the border wall. Through our center, we educate families on the process for seeing loved ones in the park and support Friends of Friendship Park's binational garden and binational, bilingual church service.
As one of the first groups to support deported veterans living in Tijuana, Madres Deportadas continues to work with the Unified Deported Veterans to advocate for the rights of US veterans deported to Mexico. Since 1996, the United States Government has been deporting veterans who, as legal permanent residents, joined the United States Armed Forces and served their country proudly. We help connect veterans with resources to advocate for access to their VA benefits and pensions, in addition to activism for the return of deported veterans to their families in the US.
Working towards a universal, long term impact driven by inspiration and support of global citizenship and ethical leadership.
Empowering girls and women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth.
Promote the integral education of children, adolescents, young people and their families with preferential attention to the most vulnerable, following the method of the Preventive System of the San Juan Bosco pedagogue, so that the recipients are agents of their own growth and protagonists in solidarity with social development , cultural, economic and spiritual of the Tijuana population and the surrounding regions.