Make a Move (or Toma el Paso) is a board game that teaches unaccompanied immigrant minors (UIMs) about the release from detention process. The game introduces players to the 3 pathways for release from a juvenile shelter as well as events and actions that could speed up or slow down your approval for release. Make a Move is currently being used with UIMs as part of the Immigrant Children’s Affirmative Network (ICAN) curriculum, which is managed by the University of Miami’s Community & Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) at the School of Education & Human Development. If you are interested in using the game, it is available for purchase at-cost directly from The Game Crafter, a print-on-demand game site with a discount on bulk orders (links below).

Note: The full game set is available in Spanish with the option to purchase the English expansion pack.

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Toma el Paso // Make a Move (trailer)

How to Play (Spanish)

How to Play (English)

“A male teenage youth (~ age 16) from Cuba was unable to progress forward in the game until he obtained the necessary paperwork for his fingerprints. Along the way, his social worker became ‘occupied’ with other youth and he was forced to roll to dice multiple times before he could complete this crucial step. At this point in the game, the facilitator checked in with the youth, to which he commented, “This is exactly what is happening to me right now. I am waiting on the results from my fingerprints.” Upon further exploration, the youth shared about how he has been waiting for months to hear back about whether he will be able to reunite with his family based on the results. This youth not only demonstrated an extant knowledge of the immigration system, but was also acutely aware of how his situation was much different than that of his housemates. With unmeasurable patience and kindness towards his housemates, he humbly shared his story in such a way that would leave one thinking that he came from a place of privilege; when in all reality he did not.”

– 2016-17 ICAN Volunteer

“[Lien Tran] has created a remarkable tool  to help educate these youth and bring joy to their lives at the same time.”

– Etiony Aldarondo, Provost at Albizu University