The No More Deaths personnel committee invites applications for the following paid position. Continue reading Position Available: Fundraising Coordinator
The application deadline for the 2019 Spring volunteer program has been extended to January 25. Click here to apply.
No More Deaths is accepting applications for the following paid position. Continue reading Position Available: Volunteer Coordinator
On Tuesday, January 15th at 8:30 AM, No More Deaths will hold a pre-trial press conference outside the Deconcini Federal Courthouse, 400 W Congress. We ask supporters to join us then and for the rest of week in the courtroom as the trial unfolds. Please tell us you are coming so we can be in touch if needs or updates arise.
January 15th, 2019, TUCSON, AZ – Four No More Deaths volunteers facing federal misdemeanor charges begin trial today for their humanitarian aid work along the southwest border. The aid workers are being prosecuted for their efforts to place life-saving food and water on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a vast and remote area south of Ajo, Arizona where 91 border crossers are known to have died since 2014 and countless more have gone missing.
“Members of our organization are being criminally prosecuted for placing water in areas where hundreds of people have died of thirst.” says Paige Corich-Kleim, a humanitarian aid volunteer with No More Deaths. “Anybody who has visited the refuge understands the harshness of the terrain and the need for a humanitarian response.”
The summer of 2017 was one of the deadliest on record in Arizona, resulting in a total of 32 known migrant deaths on the Refuge. No More Deaths volunteers maintained a consistent presence in the area, putting out humanitarian aid supplies and responding to search and rescue calls for missing migrants. That winter, nine volunteers, in places as disparate as New Orleans, Minneapolis and Seattle, received knocks on their door from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Charges include operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area, abandonment of property, and entering a wildlife refuge without a permit. One of the defendants is Ajo resident Dr. Scott Warren, who is also charged with felony harboring and conspiracy related to humanitarian aid work. Dr. Warren’s felony trial is scheduled for May of this year.
The trial begins as the country goes into the fourth week of government shutdown, the longest in history. “The president is holding the country hostage over his demand for a border wall and claiming the humanitarian aid crisis as justification for his actions,” says Max Granger, another longtime volunteer with the group. “We believe a humanitarian crisis warrants a humanitarian response. A border wall will do nothing to alleviate the crisis of death and disappearance along the US-Mexico border. The protection of the right to give, and to receive, humanitarian aid is essential as long as the government maintains border policies that funnel migration into the most remote parts of the desert.”
Trials are expected to last through the week, with a verdict being issued sometime after trial ends. Dr. Warren’s misdemeanor trial is scheduled for February and the final round of Cabeza defendants will go to trial in March.
Dear friends of No More Deaths,
Because you have followed and supported No More Deaths, you already know the challenges that humanitarian-aid workers face in providing basic human needs like food and water to those who in desperation travel through our borderlands. We hear your voices, which encourage us to carry on because it is the right thing to do in spite of all our government does to discourage this work, including targeting our volunteers with a litany of criminal charges. Continue reading What is required to stand for human rights
During the twelve-month period from October 2017 through September 2018, the Pima County Forensic Science Center—the morgue for most of southern Arizona—received the remains of 122 undocumented border crossers. Continue reading Migrant deaths and the right to provide humanitarian aid without fear of prosecution
Robert Neustadt has released a new CD, Voluntary Return: Songs of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees. All of the proceeds from album sales are going to No More Deaths and the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Bob’s wry and passionate songs span the genres of folk, Americana, and blues. Continue reading “Voluntary Return: Songs of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees”
No More Deaths invites applications for the following paid position. Continue reading Position available: online-systems and online-communications manager
As we close out the year, we honor the work done by hundreds of No More Deaths volunteers. Their efforts, made possible by your donations, reach many thousands of undocumented people. In the last year, volunteers: Continue reading Our work this year, by the numbers