who we are

Irene Pons, ESQ JD, CLC BIO

Project Lead & Faculty Liaison

Dr. Pons Meyers is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Legal Studies. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Pons Meyers primary research interests include: Family Law, Immigration Law and Adoption Law. Dr. Pons Meyers has been active in the areas of teaching, service and international course development.

Dr. Pons Meyers has been featured on WDBO News 96.5, Nicholson Student Media and 90.7 WMFE, WATERMARK Magazine. Dr. Pons Meyers has been teaching at the University of Central Florida over 15 years. She is heavily engaged in community outreach and was appointed as one of the Association of Migrant Farmworker’s in Apopka, Fl. She provides guidance and legal advice to Mexican Immigrants in the areas of Paternity, Adoption and Immigration.

Aaron Hosé

Documentary Producer / Co-Director / Editor

Aaron Hosé has been actively involved in the film and video industry for the past twenty years. He’s produced, directed, shot and edited short and feature documentaries, commercials, educational and non-profit videos, as well as television and web series. His productions have screened worldwide at over 200 film festivals and have been distributed on digital platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Tubi. Aaron’s work has been recognized with numerous industry awards and honors, including five regional EMMY Awards and sixteen nominations.

Aaron is a graduate of the Valencia College Film Technology Program, earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and his Master of Fine Arts in Film from UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media. As lead video producer for the UCF Center for Distributed Learning, Aaron manages the production of engaging, custom-made video content for the web and e-learning applications.

Christine Kane

Documentary Director / Producer

Christine Kane is an EMMY-winning producer who has spent the last decade working in the professional video industry with a focus on post-production and motion graphic design. She previously worked as the Online Course Media Developer for the University of North Florida, where she created custom-designed videos, animations, and graphics for the online course environment.

She was a member of the Underwater Officiating Staff for the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Swimming Trials, installing and operating intricate high-definition underwater camera tracking systems. Christine is a graduate of the University of Florida and a video producer for the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida.

Tim Reid

Documentary Producer / Director of Photography

EMMY-winning producer Tim Reid’s career began in the film & video industry in 2003. He was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Orlando to pursue higher education, where he completed degrees in Recording Arts and Film Production. Tim works as a video producer for the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning. In 2021, he earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art and the Computer from UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design.

With this diverse background, he is able to thrive in various roles and responsibilities across the entire production spectrum. He has been privileged to provide technical and artistic leadership for a number of projects and initiatives including a number of award-winning videos, both live-action and animated. Tim is passionate about art, music, film, and technology and is inspired by those fields to bring the same level of creativity and excellence into products focused on education.

Our Partner NGO’s

Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande

The Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley feed the hungry, visit the imprisoned and comfort the grieving people stranded by U.S immigration policy at the U.S southern border. We set up free stores (tiendas} in the Matamoros migrant camp to supply essential items like diapers, and cooking utensils for families who have been sleeping in tents on the bare ground for months.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, while our work is being done remotely, we are communicating on a day-to-day basis with residents of the camp to make sure their needs are met. We are also involved in helping migrants arriving to Reynosa, needing help while waiting to enter the U.S.

As important as providing for physical needs, the Angry Tias & Abuelas collaborate with dozens of other NGOs to affect immigration policy, provide legal counsel and respond to daily national and international press requests in order to keep the plight of asylum seekers before the American public.

Team Brownsville

Team Brownsville: “We were just a small group of friends that were trying to do the right thing and help the people that had no home, no country, no belongings, nothing. We did not realize that day how our lives would change and how #TeamBrownsville would evolve and be known worldwide. I say worldwide because of the many media sources that have covered our journey throughout the world.”

Team Brownsville has two missions. The first is to help the asylum seekers at the bus station. When asylum seekers are released from the detention centers, they are taken directly to the bus station. Most have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Team Brownsville volunteers assist them by providing a meal, shoelaces, bags, toiletries, clothing, snacks, and water. Volunteers also provide the asylum seekers with a map and explain the journey and bus changes. Other legal information is also provided.

The second mission is to assist the people living on the Gateway International Bridge. Team Brownsville volunteers providing breakfast and dinner to about 70 people daily. The volunteers also assist with clothing, tents, mats, shoes, toiletries and other items as needed. Legal advice is also provided at times when volunteer lawyers are available. Medical care is sometimes provided when volunteer doctors are available as well.

Witness at the Border

Witness at the Border is a group of volunteer activists led by Joshua Rubin (Founder), that observe the atrocities against asylum seekers and keep a watchful eye on the doers. They monitor deportation flights with detainees and have a very active Facebook group where they report what they see.

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Battalion Search and Rescue

The Battalion Search And Rescue is the first Arizona-based search and rescue organization focusing on lost and missing migrants. They are a self trained community-based group that reaches remote areas of the Arizona desert every month.

Tucson Samaritans and Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans (Los Samaritanos)

Since 2002, the Samaritans have been going to remote areas of the Sonoran desert to provide humanitarian and medical aid to those in distress. They report regularly on proceedings in the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Tucson, support a number of shelters for asylum seekers and migrants, and help serve meals at migrant aid centers in Mexico.
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Humane Borders

Motivated by faith and the universal need for kindness, Humane Borders established a system of water stations in the Sonoran Desert on routes used by migrants making the perilous journey into the US on foot. Their primary mission is to save desperate people from a horrible death by dehydration and exposure by creating a just and humane environment in the borderlands. They work with government land managers and non-profit groups to make water and other life-saving resources available to migrants on both sides of the border.

Alvaro Enciso

Alvaro Enciso is a contemporary artist living in Tucson, Arizona, on the southeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert. His work explores the subject of the “American Dream”, cultural identity, the “outsider”, and crossing borders.