Mexico/Border Project


Our Work


In Tijuana, Mexico, AWB partners with the Parteras Midwifery Group to provide trauma-informed, integrative health care at the Justica en Salud Clinic. Every week we offer acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and other natural therapies to support migrating people who face devastating living conditions, legal challenges, and health problems. Most are women and children who depend on the Parteras midwives for all their reproductive and primary health care, including family-centered birthing care. Our treatments offer relief from stress, pain, and trauma related conditions, and are a powerful complement to the maternal and infant health care provided by the midwives.

Click here to view photos of the Parteras midwives and the people they care for in Tijuana. Photos provided with full consent, offered by Emilio Rojas.

Since 2019, AWB has provided the Parteras midwives with extensive acupuncture and other East Asian medicine training that aligns with their mission of offering natural health and wellness support using traditional medicine.This creates more capacity, sustainability, and community empowerment. We have helped build the clinic’s indigenous herbal pharmacy, and we offer treatments to community activists and health practitioners who often suffer from secondary trauma due to their tireless, supportive work.

We also work with the Inn Spot, an AWB-affiliated Military Stress Recovery Project clinic based in San Diego, to offer treatments at the US Deported Veterans Center in Tijuana. The Center provides legal and social support to US military veterans that have been deported from the US. Guy Page, from Inn Spot Community Clinic, is seen here treating a deported vet in Tijuana.

In 2019, AWB volunteers began offering free acupuncture relief clinics for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and community first responder volunteers at the international bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas to Matamoros, Mexico.

The international bridge is one of the “points of entry” at which people can apply for asylum. People are living on the Mexico side of the bridge with few survival resources. Meanwhile, those who have managed to get through, are placed in detention centers for several weeks and then released without food or money. Some end up sleeping under the international bridge on the Texas side.

Community first responder volunteer groups, including Las Angry Tias & Abuelas of the RGV, Team Brownsville, and Catholic Charities, have been assisting asylum seekers with food, water, clothes, transportation assistance, shelter, medicine, and toiletries. They have been working around the clock nonstop since the summer, and some volunteers have been experiencing secondary trauma. AWB has partenered with these groups to provide stress and trauma reduction support to migrants as well as volunteers.

USA Today joined AWB during one of our service trips. You can read the article here:

‘It was beautiful’: Acupuncturists help migrants stranded at Mexico border deal with stress ~ Rick Jervis, USA TODAY

Matamoros refugee camp.
photo: Courtney Sacco, USA Today

AWB has taken multiple World Healing Exchange trips to Mexico, in Baja, Oaxaca and the Yucatan. Stay tuned for more information on ongoing projects as we make more connections and build relationships with local health care providers. Click below to learn more about our World Healing Exchange Program.