ODA currently hosts the following projects:
Based on action-based research, this program provides information and resources to accompany individuals and families through the return process.
There are wounds in need of healing, old and new, in the process of return and deportation. This program connects deported and returning youth in Mexico with the Colectivo Ximbal of the Instituto Latinoamericano del Estudio de Familias, a group of therapists trained in the contexts of migration and violence.
Dreamers in Mexico can participate in twelve weeks of virtual therapy at no cost, with the possibility to continue for another twelve weeks when necessary. In specific cases, support is also extended to family members on both sides of the border. If you would like to learn more about the Almas Transfronterizas project, please be in touch and we will respond as soon as possible!
This project supports those who cannot legally travel across international borders between their homes due to return, bans, and/or deportations. We sponsor the application for an Otr@ Dreamer to apply for a B1/B2 visa and travel to the United States to advocate for Dreamers in Mexico while there.
The majority of deported and returning youth live with three, ten, twenty, and up to lifetime bans from legal re-entry to the US. They live in exile. On these trips, we build awareness and coalitions around the urgent reforms to the 1996 IAIIRA law that established these unjust bans. #RetroActive96
We are also conducting an on-going research effort to record the experiences of immigrant youth who apply for a B1/B2 visa at the US Embassy and offices in Mexico. If you would like to learn more about the TransDreamers project or you have a story about your visa application, positive or negative, please get in touch with us!