Site Visits

Friends of HEPAC organizes border immersion  trips ranging from one day up to a full week. We can work with you to accommodate any length of time and to create an itinerary that meets your needs and interests.

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The sample 4 day itinerary below highlights some of the sites that Friends of HEPAC often visits. More site visits are also available!

Monday
9:00 A.M. Conversation with the
1:00 P.M. Attend
3:30 P.M. Conversation with a
5:00 P.M. Homestays with Coalición de Derechos Humanos human rights promoters
8:00 P.M. Check-in/Reflection

Tuesday
10:00 A.M. Visit the site where was killed
10:30 A.M. Visit
12:30 P.M. Lunch with the children at the
3:00 P.M. Presentation about HEPAC
5:30 P.M. Dinner in the home of
8:00 P.M. Check-in/Reflection

Wednesday
8:30 A.M. Visit the
10:30 A.M. Visit
12:30 P.M. Lunch at HEPAC
2:00 P.M. Visit
3:30/4:00 P.M. Visit with the University of Sonora in Nogales theater group
6:00 P.M. Dinner in the home of one of the HEPAC volunteers
8:00 P.M. Check-in/Reflection

Thursday
9:30 A.M. Hike with the
3:30 P.M. Observe the Nogales, Arizona side of the border wall
5:00 P.M. Dinner in the home of one of the HEPAC volunteers
6:30 P.M. Visit the
8:00 P.M. Check-in/Reflection

The Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.
Operation Streamline is an expedited process that targets unauthorized immigrants apprehended along the Arizona border with Mexico. The program convicts up to 70 migrants per day with the misdemeanor of “illegal entry” and deports them, thus setting the stage for stiffer and longer penalties if they attempt to cross again.
The mission of the Federal Public Defender’s Office is to ensure that the right to counsel, guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment and the Criminal Justice Act, is enforced on behalf of those who cannot afford counsel and requisite defense services.
José Antonio Elena Rodriguez was 16-years-old when he was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent that fired into Nogales, Sonora on October 10, 2012.
Grupo Beta is a Mexican government agency that provides aid to migrants, including those that have recently been deported from the United States.
El Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (Home of Hope and Peace, HEPAC) is a community center that provides a nutritious lunch for more than 100 schoolchildren, offers educational classes for 120 adults that are completing their elementary and high school education, organizes Kids Camps during school vacation with a focus on teaching the children about their rights, operates a women’s artisan cooperative, and provides holistic day care.
Johana Sanchez participated in labor rights workshops at HEPAC and, in 2011, she led the struggle that created the first independent union in an assembly plant in Nogales.
The Comedor and Casa Nazaret are programs of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) – an innovative and cooperative effort between six major religious organizations that strive to accompany migrants and communities affected by the consequences of migration. At the Centro para Atención a los Migrantes Deportados (Assistance Center for Deported Migrants – CAMDEP), the KBI offers meals, basic medical assistance, and clothing to the recently deported. Casa Nazaret is a shelter for women and children who have been deported.
The Comedor and Casa Nazaret are programs of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) – an innovative and cooperative effort between six major religious organizations that strive to accompany migrants and communities affected by the consequences of migration. At the Centro para Atención a los Migrantes Deportados (Assistance Center for Deported Migrants – CAMDEP), the KBI offers meals, basic medical assistance, and clothing to the recently deported. Casa Nazaret is a shelter for women and children who have been deported.
The purpose of the Taller de Arte Público Yonke (Junkyard Public Art Workshop) is to reclaim public spaces that have been contaminated by commercial and political propaganda, and to integrate public art into those spaces to add human and cultural value to the city of Nogales. The workshop has placed sculptures and murals on the border wall.
The mission of Samaritans is to relieve suffering and prevent death in the desert. They hike the migrant trails to place water and food, and look for migrants in distress.
The San Juan Bosco shelter provides dinner and shelter for people who have been recently deported. It was founded by Francisco and Gilda 33 years ago and they have served hundreds of thousands of migrants.