International Training for the Effective Immigration Advocate

Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / November 26 - December 7, 2018

10­-12 Participants

A two-week program in Oaxaca, Mexico with an emphasis on Spanish, intercultural communication skills, and legal strategies for zealous representation of immigrants in the US.

Class and Seminar Content:

Spanish and Culture: Participants will attend Spanish classes with an emphasis on verbal communication and legal terminology. There will be three levels available: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Intercultural Communication: Participants will enhance their understanding of the different sociocultural elements that can impact communication processes between individuals with different languages, cultures, and communication patterns. ** 

  • Minority Languages: Issues of Power, Class, and Ethnicity
  • Indigenous Ways of Understanding and Communicating
  • Strategies for Successful Intercultural Communication Processes 

** This seminar includes an overnight visit to a Zapotec community of Oaxaca, Cuajimoloyas, through which participants can further enhance their understanding of Indigenous ways of being and communicating. The seminar also includes a day trip to another Zapotec community, Santo Tomás Jalieza to learn about community governance and tradition.

U.S. Immigration Law and Practice: Participants will receive practical training as well as tips and strategies that will help prepare them for representing detained individuals in removal proceedings.

1.     Defending the Asylum Seeker 

  • Discuss legal and illegal entry into the US.
  • Understand the Credible / Reasonable Fear Interview Process as well as how, why, and in what conditions ICE detains asylum seekers.
  • Acquire practical tools & strategies for litigating a defensive asylum case: from information gathering to individual hearing preparation (focus on individuals seeking asylum from Mexico and Central America)
  • Learn how to advocate for refugees suffering from trauma.

2.   “Crimmigration”

  • Identify, analyze, and mitigate the negative consequences of a criminal conviction in removal proceedings. 

3.   Bond Hearings 

  • Learn how to successfully represent immigrants in bond hearings. 

Roots of Migration: Participants will receive a historical overview of the social, political, and economic roots of migration in Mexico and Central America. 

  • Discuss different political periods in the modern history of Mexico and Central America and their impact on voluntary and forced migration.
  • Learn about the migrant’s journey through Mexico and the hardships they and their families face.
  • Understand current challenges of migrant workers in Mexico and the US and the role NGOs and attorneys have in supporting them.


Total Program Cost Per Person  

Option 1:   $1,680 usd (lodging with family, breakfast and lunch)        Option 2:   $2,050 usd (lodging at hotel / 13 nights)

Cost Includes:

  • Private Transportation: To Indigenous Communities (does not include airport­-lodging­-airport)
  • All access fees and guide services
  • Spanish Lessons, seminars, and reading Materials
  • Lodging, all meals, and all related fees only in Indigenous communities
  • Two group dinners indicated in the calendar
  • Cooking Lesson in Cuajimoloyas, Sierra Norte
  • Coffee tasting and talk about local coffee producers
  • Support from Ollin staff in the event of sickness and/or emergency

TO APPLY: We encourage those who will be dedicated to pro bono work to apply! Please send an email telling us a little about yourself, why you’re interested in this training, and your Spanish level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). Spanish proficiency is not a requirement. Some of the seminars will be focused on legal skills, but you do not have to be an attorney to apply.