No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is not the only organization working to end death and suffering in the US-Mexico borderlands- we are but one member of an extended and ever-growing team of diverse people and initiatives doing this important work. Here are some of the organizations that make up our working partners and friends we work together with in the field.
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Southern Arizona Based:
Ajo Samaritans continue the historical work of providing water and other humanitarian aid to travelers in the desert in the Ajo, Arizona area, regardless of their immigration status. We also engage with our community and collaborative groups to raise awareness of the systemic causes of death and suffering of travelers near the US/Mexico border and to provide access to humanitarian resources.
The Casa Alitas Program serves migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty. We provide care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the U.S.
Derechos Humanos is a grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status. Consequently, we fight the militarization of our southern border home and combat the discrimination and human rights abuses of both our citizen and non-citizen brothers and sisters.
Colibrí bears witness to this unjust loss of life, accompanying families in their search and holding space for families to build community, share stories, and raise awareness about the consequences of border militarization.
Through the Missing Migrant Project and DNA Program, Colibrí works with medical examiners to compare information families provide about the missing as well as DNA samples with unidentified remains recovered along the border in the hopes of giving families the answers they so deserve.
Beyond forensic justice work, Colibrí and impacted families build community and advocate for change through the Family Network, a network of mutual support and solidarity among families and friends of missing migrants across the Americas. The Family Network includes in-person meetings in cities around the U.S., private on-line gathering places, oral history projects, and a quarterly magazine.
Humane Borders, motivated by faith and the universal need for kindness, maintains a system of water stations in the Sonoran Desert on routes used by migrants making the perilous journey here on foot. Our primary mission is to save desperate people from a horrible death by dehydration and exposure and to create a just and humane environment in the borderlands. We locate our water stations on government and privately owned land with permission from the landowners.
Founded in the summer of the year 2000, Humane Borders, Inc. is a non-profit corporation run almost exclusively by volunteers. Donations to Humane Borders are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and we depend upon gifts from individuals and religious groups of all faiths to continue our work.
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border and participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. They envision a society that no longer finds solutions in the system of immigration detention or the prison industrial complex. As they work toward that goal, they support LGBTQ people currently detained in Eloy and Florence Detention Centers through visits, letters, bond support, advocacy, and housing upon freedom from detention.
People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP) was founded in 2012 and is based in Arivaca, Arizona. They are an all-volunteer community organization. They work together for the protection of human life, regardless of immigration status. They organize to stop Border Patrol abuse towards the demilitarization of the borderlands.
The Protection Network Action Fund (Pronet) is a coalition of 6 grassroots organizations and community members in Tucson, Arizona who are invested in social change. They believe in the power of community organizing led by the people most affected by unjust policing and inhumane policies. They support community organizing by providing emergency legal support and funding for immigrant detainees that are members of grassroots organizations in Tucson.
Puente Human Rights Movement was founded in 2007 in response to abuse of power by local law enforcement officials and anti-migratory attacks through state laws and policies. For over 10 years, Puente has led the fight against local and federal anti-migratory policies while building a political home for Arizona’s most marginalized community members. In the last decade we have been able to stop the deportations of over 478 migrants and keep their families together.
Our membership and leadership has always been made up of people most impacted by adverse policies, laws, and police/ICE joint tactics. Our membership consists of undocumented people, mixed-status families, youth, people affected by the criminal justice system, and people of color affected by rampant racial profiling. Since its founding, Puente has transitioned into a broad multi-generational movement for human rights.
Salvavision is a Tucson, Arizona-based organization providing aid and support to asylum seekers, those being illegally detained at private detention centers, and returnees who have been deported.
We are committed to providing aid to those seeking asylum while educating and creating opportunities for those in El Salvador in order to prevent individuals from risking their lives navigating the qualms and horrors of the current global migration crisis.
SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement working to close the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and similar centers that train state actors such as military, law enforcement and border patrol. They strive to expose, denounce, and end US militarization, oppressive US policies and other forms of state violence in the Americas. They act in solidarity with organizations and movements working for justice and peace throughout the Americas.
The Southside Worker Center supports a community of worker-leaders building collective power and raising the standards of worker conditions so that members can take part in dignified work and earn just wages. We employ both male and female workers at the center.
In Arizona, as a migrant and LGBT + community we face racism, transphobia, homophobia and other types of discrimination. In this hostile environment we are a refuge for LGBT + migrants of color.
In our organization we create community solutions to solve our basic needs, we cultivate the leadership of LGBT people and migrants of color to transform our needs into community power and fight for social justice for all.
Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network/La Red de Apoyo Para Solicitantes de Asilo Trans. No borders, no binaries, no bosses. Anarchist aid & action.
Samaritans are people of faith and conscience who are responding directly, practically, and passionately to the crisis at the US/ Mexico border. They are a diverse group of volunteers that are united in their desire to relieve suffering among their brothers and sisters and to honor human dignity. Prompted by the mounting deaths among border crossers, they come together to provide food and water, and emergency medical assistance to people crossing the Sonoran Desert. There are active Samaritan groups based in Tucson, Green Valley-Sahuarita, and Ajo.
Voices from the Border is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Patagonia, Arizona which formed following the Women’s March of January 2017.
Inspired by the values of justice, compassion, and human dignity, VFTB serves migrants, refugees, and those living in extreme poverty in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico through direct humanitarian aid. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Border Angels is an all volunteer, non-profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
C-CAM (Centro Comunitario de Ayuda a Migrantes) – Caborca, Sonora, Mexico
We are a group of volunteers that emerged from the community of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2014, where seeing the need, we are ready to help our brothers and sisters in need in the city of Caborca.
We are Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) and we commit our entire life, energies, talents and time to bringing the reign of God’s love, compassion, and reconciliation wherever we live and minister.
Further contact info:
Sara Abdala, administrator
Immigration detention is a key component of the United States’ immigration enforcement apparatus. By focusing primarily on immigrant incarceration, Detention Watch Network aims to remove one of the drivers of mass deportations while also addressing the broader role of incarceration and criminalization in U.S. society. DWN’s core purpose is to bring together complementary strategies for a multi-pronged approach to ending detention, including organizing, advocacy, litigation, direct service, research and communications. DWN provides a space for networking and information sharing as well as for sharing analysis and expertise on shifting government policies. Building the capacity of members through training and peer-exchange is an important aspect of DWN’s work. The Network’s theory of change posits that a paradigm shift from an emphasis on punishment and deportation to one that promotes dignity and freedom must take place in order for us to achieve our vision.
The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over ninety community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention. You can email email@example.com for more information.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras is a transborder organization made up of human rights defenders of diverse nationality and immigration statuses that promotes accompaniment, humanitarian assistance, leadership development, recognition of human rights, and coordination of know-your-rights training along migrant routes, as well as monitoring and raising awareness of human rights abuses against migrants and refugees in Mexico and the United States. Our accompaniment does not end at the border, it continues in the immigration detention centers of the United States and the communities in Mexico and the US.
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