Centro Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo (C.A.R.A)
The ‘Welcome Center for Asylum Seekers’ of Restinco (town just outside of Brindisi) is the first place of shelter for men over the age of 18 who have migrated to Italy with the intent to apply for asylum.
Partnership with Auxilium
Auxilium is a not-for-profit organization that is contracted by the Italian government to operate the Asylum center and neighboring detention/deportation center. Auxilium provides services to guests at the center including cultural mediation, legal assistance, integration courses, and psychological counseling. Participants of the Italy Center Summer Migration Fellowship work closely alongside Auxilium staff to develop and and carry out their laboratories and workshops with the guests of the center
Participants of the fellowship will have the opportunity to lead workshops for the guests of the center for 2-3 hours, 3 days a week. Past workshops have included:
Art Therapy workshops where participants are invited to express themselves via drawing or painting on different subject areas: Inspirations, self-portraits, and trees of life. These items were then collected and painted on murals on walls in the center.
Illustrated Dictionary where participants selected items from various themes (soccer, the city, transportation, etc.) and translated the various items into multiple languages of the center and then depicted the items on poster board to be displayed in the cafeteria.
The summer fellowship also allows participants to observes professionals in the field on the front lines of the European migration crisis. Students will have professional access to cultural mediators, legal Attorneys, integration specialists, and psychologists with the hopes of acquiring a more robust base of knowledge about the processes of migration, asylum, and political protection in Italy and Europe.