On July 12 we learned that a federal grand jury is considering criminal charges against the U.S. Border Patrol agents who beat and murdered Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.
Eyewitness videos of the killing, along with testimony from Anastasio’s family, were featured on PBS’s Need to Know program in April 2012. People across the country were able to see and hear for themselves the evidence of the Border Patrol’s culture of impunity and abuse. Public outcry finally compelled the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Anastasio’s killing.
On July 20, 2012, PBS’s Need to Know aired a second episode highlighting Border Patrol abuse in detention centers and in the field, practices that No More Deaths volunteers have for the last six years worked to document.
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Following the July 20 broadcast, No More Deaths and individuals featured in the program will travel to D.C. with the Southern Border Communities Coalition to urge the Obama Administration to implement much-needed policy reforms, including mechanisms for public oversight and accountability.
We are at a significant moment when long-standing practices of impunity and abuse are being made visible. Together, we can build greater accountability and oversight of Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
We need your help to raise the cry for justice for the more than 6 million residents of the United States who live along the U.S.–Mexico border.
- Encourage your friends, coworkers, and neighbors to watch the program.
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- Host a viewing party! Check Need to Know’s website for your local broadcast time-—or pick any convenient time to stream the episode in your home for guests. Then post about your event on our Facebook page!
These stories only have impact to the extent that people know what is happening. Can you help us take this next step for justice? Start by sharing this announcement and stay tuned for additional actions you can take to bring justice home.