The Hope Border Institute is excited to launch the Immigration Court Watch Network, a national team of US immigration court observers dedicated to promoting justice in the court system.  


HOPE’s Immigration Court Watch Network is designed to help groups launch, coordinate and sustain immigration court observation programs in targeted communities across the country. The program is a strong fit for advocates, organizers, university groups and faith communities committed to fighting for a more just and transparent immigration court system. 


The first step to build this network is a unique place-based training called Border Court Camp.  During Summer 2020, HOPE will offer selected groups an eight-day comprehensive training. Participants will be immersed in a borderlands context, take a deep dive into US immigration policy, engage in participatory research project development, conduct real-time court observations, learn about self-care practices while building a spirit of community across the network. 


An ideal candidate is: 

  • Passionate about social justice

  • Demonstrates capacity to establish a sustainable court watch project 

  • Permitted to travel to Ciudad Juárez, MX

*Participants do NOT need any previous immigration or legal training to apply


Border Court Camp Dates

  • Friday, June 26- July 3

  • Friday, July 10- Friday, July 17

  • Friday, July 24- Friday, July 31


Program Cost

  • 8-day training, including tuition, housing and materials cost $750. Scholarships are available!

  • Participants are responsible for travel to El Paso as well as meals and incidentals.  

Application is live now and participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 1
For more information, contact Edith Tapia at

The US Immigration Court Observation Manual is meant for individuals, advocates and organizers as well as university groups and faith communities to do the critical work of monitoring immigration courts, not only at the US-Mexico border, but across the country.