WFP-SW Border Delegation 2019 Application
This application is the first step in officially registering to join the Witness for Peace Southwest Border Delegation to the US/Mexico border in Arizona which will take place May 19th-25th, 2019. Once this form is filled out and submitted, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your application by March 31st, 2019. There are a limited number of spots on this delegation and filling out this form does not guarantee you a place on the delegation. All information submitted on this form will be kept confidential by Witness for Peace Southwest.
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The WFP-SW Border Delegation will be held from May 19th-25th, 2019. Delegation activities will start early in the day on Sunday, May 19th and will not end until the late afternoon of Saturday, May 25th. Will you will able to join the delegation during these dates? *
This delegation will include travel to Mexico and to parts of the United States that are located in the border zone south of US Immigration inland checkpoints. Under the current administration, movement of folks with anything other than US citizenship status through these areas is increasingly restricted and perilous. Only U.S. Citizens can pass through Border Patrol checkpoints without worry. Increasingly, the response of Border Patrol agents to people with other statuses – students with visas, asylum applicants, DACA folks and others – has become much less predictable. In the border zone, Border Patrol has the authority to detain, question and arrest anyone they suspect of being undocumented. At this time, Witness for Peace has no legal recourse to protect undocumented folks if they are apprehended by Border Patrol and the threat of deportation, even for those with DACA status, is very real. Our aim in providing this information is neither to recommend nor to dissuade anyone from coming. Rather, we want to provide all potential delegates with as much information as possible so that they may make an as-informed-as-possible decision when considering joining us. Please indicate below if you have any concerns about travel to Mexico and/ or south or checkpoints and feel free to reach out with any questions or for clarification. *
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There are a limited number of scholarships available for this WFP-SW border delegation for individuals to whom the cost of this delegation would be prohibitive. These scholarships will cover transportation, lodging and food for the duration of the delegation and will include a small stipend for travel expenses to and from the delegation. These scholarships will be given with priority to POC and people from directly impacted communities, and to those involved in community work that would directly benefit from a first hand experience at the border. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for this delegation, please fill out our separate scholarship application form here: (https://goo.gl/forms/svS8VwGfTX8i25Ni1). Both application forms must be filled out before you can be considered for a scholarship. *
If you answered no to the above question, are you able to cover the $1,350 fee for participation in this WFP-SW Border delegation? This fee will cover the cost of delegation travel, lodging, honorariums for border justice groups presenting to the delegation, scholarship participation and delegation staffing. It will also help support the humanitarian aid and accompaniment aspects of the delegation.(Note: this fee does NOT cover travel to or from the delegation or the cost of food.) We strongly encourage delegates to raise the cost of their participation fee through community fundraising. By inviting your community to support your participation in this delegation, you raise awareness of border issues and build a stronger support network for yourself and for Witness for Peace. *
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Our hope is that this border delegation will also serve as an opportunity to provide accompaniment to individuals recently released from ICE detention who are traveling to family members in similar parts of the country as delegates. If the need arises, are you willing to possibly coordinate your return travel to be able to assist asylum seekers traveling in the same direction?
What is your racial or ethnic identity?
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Briefly describe your experience with human rights, social justice, environmental justice or other organizations that are committed to social change? *
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Why do you want to travel with this particular WFP-SW delegation? *
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Have you ever traveled to Latin America or or to the border? Or do you have previous experience with Witness for Peace? If so, please share a little about that experience. *
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Traveling with this delegation will mean long and jam packed days that require a lot of emotional and physical energy, lot's of travel and eating and sleeping at unusual hours. What are some ways you deal with intellectual, emotional, or physical stresses that can be brought on by a situation like this? *
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How do you expect this experience to influence you and your work in your home community? *
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Please feel free to share anything else about yourself and your background that you want us to know.
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