KINO BORDER INITIATIVE (KBI) is a binational collaboration administered by the Jesuits. The Kino Border Initiative was set up to work with one foot on each side of the Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Its mission identified the need for humanitarian assistance for deported migrants in Nogales, Sonora, the vulnerability of women and children to abuse and exploitation and the opportunity to raise awareness about the reality of migration and its effects. See this video:
or the presentation by Bill Aheron, St. Peter liaison to KBI, from this past year's trip.
For the 3rd year, parish members visited KBI to immerse themselves in the migrant experience and to offer humanitarian aid. You can help those on the border with basic human needs even from your own home by ordering wish list items directly from Amazon - See this link for the list and instructions.
With 17 staff members and droves of volunteers, KBI in 2017 served around 47,000 meals and provided other hands-on assistance to approximately 8,500 migrants. Most recipients have been deported after either living in the U.S. or trying to enter the country without papers. Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of KBI, visited St Peter Catholic Church in 2017 to give an eyewitness account of the migrants' conditions and needs. During his visit here on the Feast of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, Fr. Carroll reflected how the work of each person through KBI is an expression of being taken, blessed, broken and shared. KBI labors with Christ in the work of reconciliation with humanity. This video explains how the mission began… https://youtu.be/RG3qzRzlqTE
The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:
- Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
- Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
- Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
- Website https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/
Jesuit Refugee Service produces videos to tell the stories at the Kino Border Initiative -watch https://youtu.be/1pVcnAXw8z0