Summer Vacation in Immigration Court

Summer Vacation in Immigration Court

On the Rabbis Without Borders blog, my personal story of accompanying an asylum seeker in immigration court:

The email request arrives on Friday around 2:30 pm. The subject: “Accompaniment Urgently Needed for Asylum Court Case.” Volunteers are needed on June 6th. It’s been more than five months since I returned from Nogales, where I was immersed for three days in the work of the KINO Border Initiative. There I learned what the Jesuits mean by accompaniment: “Accompany is to be present with people on their journey. We cannot change their situations or solve their problems; we can listen, reassure them we care and they are not alone.” I’ve been waiting since December to fulfill this mission here in Atlanta. June 6th is the first day of my two-month summer vacation. Continue reading here.