Why go on a weekend delegation to the border? 


La Frontera – El Rio Grande

What is Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera? 

ATCF organizes quarterly delegations to visit maquiladora workers and communities along the Mexico-U.S. border. The Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s (CFO: Border Committee of Workers) hosts each group’s visit, enabling U.S. delegates to meet with workers who are defending human rights, justice and dignity in a harsh labor environment.

In worker’s home and hearing their stories

Led by CFO organizers, delegates tour maquiladora industrial parks passing numerous export processing plants of well-known U.S.-based multinational companies. They then meet with workers in their homes to learn about working conditions, current labor struggles, and the CFO’s organizing strategies. Delegates also visit colonias, or neighborhoods, for informal social gatherings with workers, their families, and friends.


Following the trips, delegates meet to reflect on the implications of what they have learned. Many delegates continue their involvement by sharing their experience with others, organizing forums and study groups, and responding to action alerts.

Reynosa delegation with Northern Illinois University law students. Photo by Christina Murray (2006).

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Judy Rosenberg, Doing Justice Work in Mexico