A trip to the border to hear the voices of maquiladora workers can be a life transforming event.  A reflection is simply “a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation.” (Webster’s Dictionary).  Below are some reflections by travelers to the border.

Pamela Brouker

Following delegation to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, March 12-14, 2010 (next to McAllen, TX)

My name is Pamela Marie Brouker.  I enjoy poetry, nature, art, film and travel.  Journaling, writing, drawing and taking pictures are personal life giving activities.  Massachusetts is my home state, however, I find joy in all parts of the world.  Perhaps because my ancestors traveled.  I have visited, Greece, France, Italy, Palestine/Israel, Guatemala, the borders of Mexico and Canada, the states of CA, Hawaii, New York, Illinois, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, Florida and states, in between,  getting there.  Travel is a human occupation and I’m glad to say everyone needs to engage in this line of work.  I hope to be finished with my first film, “Mourning of the Eye” by September, 2010.  It’s about life, after Ike.  I am an ordained Lutheran minister and certified special education teacher.

I was in Mexico, Reynosa, when the time changed; . . . continue reading

Elvia Arriola and Kate Horonzy (NIU J.D. 2007) in a workers’ colonia in Piedras Negras, Coahuila (October 2005).

Student Reflections

Life at the Border

by CYNTHIA N. EDWARDS (J.D. NIU 2009) (who attended the delegation to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, October 13-15, 2006)

Photo courtesy of Christina Murray

In October 2006, I participated in a delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border.  As part of the 12 person delegation, which was partly organized by a professor at Northern Illinois University’s College of Law I traveled to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, a town on the U.S.-Mexico border that is next to McAllen, Texas.   The group was comprised of the professor, three other students at my law school, and National Lawyers’ Guild lawyers and staff.  Continue Reading Cynthia Edwards….

Report by Yvonne Lapp Cryns (2005) (Piedras Negras)

Have you ever given any thought to who sews the pants and shirts you wear? Who makes your Nike shoes? Who put the electrical system together for your car? Continue reading…..

by Judith (Hoodeet) Rosenberg (following delegation to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Oct. 12-14 2001).

Dear All,
This is a personal report of the recent delegation to the border, which in many ways was a satisfying and successful trip because of the strength of the Austin delegates and because the CFO managed their part pretty much without Julia’s participation. Not that it isn’t always great to see Julia Quiñones, their coordinator, but they are acting on the principle of developing broad leadership and so for the first time Margarita Ramirez was our main host, in Piedras Negras and Acuña. In the latter city we saw quite a bit of Juan Tovar and met new people. It’s exciting to see the CFO act on their principles – they generally do – even it means encountering growing pains. One thing that motivates me to write now, however, is that this trip was depressing for me. . . .continue reading


Christina Murray (Photographer, delegation leader)