NGO partners supported
Tons of humanitarian aid cargo delivered
WIth support from airline partners, Airlink is providing flights for the following NGOs as they work to address critical humanitarian needs at the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Global Response Management (GRM): In Tapachula and Reynosa, GRM medical volunteers staff a clinic providing primary and urgent care, women’s health services, and COVID-19 testing.
- Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action (GDRHA) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health: Doctors and nurses with GDRHA are helping to alleviate healthcare needs by staffing GRM clinics that offer walk-in services to migrants.
- Solidarity Engineering: Solidarity Engineering is the only engineering or technical group working along the border. Their programs involve shelter infrastructure management, projects for water treatment, constructing safe spaces for children such as playgrounds, and more.
Airlink has been helping NGOs respond at the border since 2019 with a greater uptick in transportation and logistics assistance requests from partners in 2021 and 2022. This is parallel to the sharp increase in the number of Venezuelans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans journeying to the border.
Current Situation Overview
Tens of thousands of asylum seekers are awaiting immigration proceedings along the U.S.-Mexico border in overcrowded shelters and makeshift camps. International Rescue Committee (IRC), found that 96% of surveyed people lack the resources to cover basic needs including safe housing (55%), dignified clothing (52%), hygiene products (38%), and baby products (23%). In addition, almost 90% of people reported health care needs, with 4 in 10 people experiencing serious medical conditions. Currently, freezing weather makes the situation even worse.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health authorities issued Title 42. This allows border patrol agents to rapidly send migrants back to Mexico without allowing them the right to ask for protection. Although it was expected to end in December 2022, the Supreme Court ordered Title 42 to remain in place while it holds hearings, keeping the policy active for the time being.