I was deeply honored to be one of the recipients of the 2020 La Mancha Award from Casa Cornelia Law Center. I never thought speaking French would be useful at the San Diego/Tijuana border but it has been. Over the last few years, I have translated and interpreted for some of the most admirable, extraordinary resilient people I have ever encountered. It has been a privilege to accompany them on their journey. I have also witnessed the consequences of the U.S. government’s inhumane treatment and criminalization of folks who come to the border with stories few of us can ever imagine; people at their most vulnerable and in genuine need of help. During the pandemic, conditions at ICE detention centers were abysmal and COVID-19 spread like wild fire. If you can, consider supporting the work done by Casa Cornelia and its volunteer attorneys and translators/interpreters.