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Al Otro Lado - Building Bridges

Tax deductible
Al Otro Lado is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  in California.  They are a bi-national organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Nicole Ramos Refugee Program Director, speaks about CBP abuse and corruption.

Nora Phillips, Legal Director

The needs of the people they serve are diverse, therefore, they also coordinate with attorneys and non-legal professionals in a range of areas such as family law, labor law, criminal law (particularly post-conviction relief), and employment law. Al Otro Lado also handles family reunification in Mexico.

Al Otro Lado started as a project in 2012 between current board members Nora Phillips and Esmeralda Flores. At the time, Nora was a Staff Attorney at CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) in Los Angeles and Esmeralda was an attorney for PDIB (Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional), a human rights organization along the US-Mexico border. Esmeralda was in Tijuana, housed at the Casa del Migrante, a large, longstanding migrant shelter in Tijuana that has helped hundreds of thousands of migrants since its inception in 1987. Esmeralda screened deportees and migrants for violations of civil and human rights by Mexican and US law enforcement authorities, sometimes within as little as hours after their deportation from the US.

One of the many services Al Otro Lado offers is legal representation for asylees/refugees at the San Diego/Tijuana port of entry. Along with deportee services, such as family reunification. For instance, when a single mother is deported from the US, leaving her young, US citizen children in the US foster care system.  They assist with social workers and dependency attorneys in the US to return the child to live with the deported parent when it is what the child and parent desire.  Alternatively, we can file a request under the ICE Parental Interests Directive (Facilitation of Return) to bring the parent to the US to attempt to preserve their parental rights.  

All donations will be used for the legal representation of current and future asylum seekers (such as the Central American Caravan), and families affected by the cruel and outdated immigration system. Al Otro Lado is perhaps the only bi-national NGO that caters to asylees/refugees and deportees, groups that are often forgotten by mainstream advocacy. 

I am a long-time activist for immigrant/human rights as the Founder of UndocuTravelers and  a former contributor of UndocuMedia. I am also an avid volunteer of Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and of course, Al Otro Lado. The attorneys and volunteers of Al Otro Lado suffer sleep deprivation  and extreme exhaustion due to the volume of human rights violations from CBP, and their work is never-ending.

I commit to support the most underrepresented group of immigrants in our movement. 


  • Steve/Paige Johnston/Winslett
    • $25 
    • 5 yrs


Karla Estrada
Los Angeles, CA
AL Otro Lado Inc
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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