Based on this belief, Inalienable has designed the Birth Certificate Initiative to help migrants in the San Quintin Valley pursue their own birth certificates.
To bridge these gaps in access to birth certificates, Inalienable conducts outreach in the community and provides a range of case management support for migrants. Service intensity is determined through an initial intake screening with each household to assess eligibility for services, as well as specific challenges to documentation. In simpler cases, we may answer questions, provide basic information, or help with the aforementioned transportation. In more difficult cases, we provide directive guidance and advocacy, helping clients gather documents, complete the application form, and communicate with Registro Civil staff. In all cases, the goal is to help the client obtain the needed birth certificate.
While it took time to build the Birth Certificate Project and the momentum behind it, it was only a few months before our Coordinator reported his phone ringing almost daily from new families seeking help.
Given the incredible demand and encouraging progress we have experienced, Inalienable is preparing to scale the project to full implementation in the San Quintin Valley. At full capacity, Inalienable projects that we can acquire between 1,200 and 1,800 birth certificates each year, obtaining birth certificates for the estimated 6,320 undocumented migrants in the valley within 4 years.
Even as we plan for our trajectory in the San Quintin Valley, Inalienable sees tremendous opportunity to establish a presence in new communities populated by migrants who would benefit from our work. We have already identified demand in Baja California Sur, and Sonora, Sinaloa and other heavily agricultural states face similar challenges. As the San Quintin Valley project winds down, Inalienable will replicate the Birth Certificate Project by transitioning some of the team to new sites throughout Mexico.
Within a five-month pilot program, Inalienable helped 55 families secure 39 birth certificates! Several children immediately enrolled in school and families received needed medical care.