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Al Otro Lado

Declarations for Migrants Detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center

We are preparing declarations for clients detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center for potential use in filing Habeas petitions for their release.

Posted April 24, 2020

Background & Context

Otay Mesa Detention Center is the facility with the highest number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in the country. Al Otro Lado is hoping to file Habeas petitions for the immediate release of these migrants to protect their health and potentially save their lives. We need help preparing declarations as our staff has limited capacity to respond to the high need.

Work & Deliverables

Volunteers will call the Otay Mesa Detention Center and prepare a legal declaration with a migrant detained at the facility. We will provide a template declaration for volunteers to use as they draft their declaration. Al Otro Lado supervising attorneys will review draft declarations and may request volunteers to conduct a follow-up interview by phone with the client to obtain additional information as needed.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: This project is entirely remote. Volunteers must have access to a United States phone number.
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: Spanish
  • Deliverables Due: April 28, 2020
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Al Otro Lado

We are a bi-national, social justice legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. Our mission is to provide legal services and to uplift our immigrant communities by defending the rights of migrants against systemic injustices in the legal system. Our comprehensive cross-border programming and litigation work integrate trauma-informed practices. We engage vital partnerships and thousands of volunteers to provide essential legal services to migrants at the Southern Border in Tijuana and throughout Southern California. Al Otro Lado’s work is also centered in fighting for all families that have been torn apart by unjust immigration laws.

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