Our greatest need is for Spanish speaking attorneys with an immigration background, but we also welcome Spanish speaking volunteers who are not attorneys.
If you do not speak Spanish, you must bring an interpreter.
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer.
Transportation needs within San Antonio must be coordinated prior to arrival. Carpools from San Antonio to Karnes may be available but not guaranteed.
Volunteers must be self-funded.
If you have a particular skill or background (i.e. medical work, social work, rare language speaker) we can work with you to find ways to use your specific expertise.
We are constantly in need of volunteer interpreters, especially rare language or indigenous language speakers. We often have a need for proficient speakers of Portuguese, Arabic, Urdu, K’iche, Kreyol and Armenian, just to name a few.
In the 2016-2017 calendar year, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were deemed some of the most dangerous places in the world, “with more people killed there than in most conflict zones globally.” Gender-based violence is unbelievably prominent, with 12 women and girls murdered every day due to their gender. Most gender-based crimes go unpunished.
As a volunteer you can help the women and children on their journeys fleeing from imminent danger imposed by gangs, corruption and other forms of violence.
You can continue your involvement after volunteering in Karnes. Become an advocate in your local community to help the asylum seekers integrate into society post-release with the RAP program. There are a variety of ways to get involved, from helping with something as simple as a carpool, to interpreting and more.