El Equipo Comunitario de Búsqueda & Rescate y Recuperación busca: UNA COORDINADORA
In an effort to offer a humanitarian, nonviolent, civilian response to the crisis of disappeared persons along the border, the Community Search and Rescue Team works directly with the Disappeared Persons Hotline Team, as well as with other organizations to respond to reports of missing loved ones within the area of Southern Arizona.
En un esfuerzo de brindar una respuesta humanitaria, no violenta y civil a la crisis de personas desaparecidas por las tierras fronterizas. El Equipo Comunitario de Búsqueda y Rescate (ByR) trabaja directamente con el Equipo de la Línea Directa de Personas Desaparecidas, así como con otras organizaciones para responder a los reportes de seres queridxs extraviadxs dentro del área del Sur de Arizona y Nuevo México.
Application deadline : 13 November
Fecha tope de la aplicación : 13 Noviembre
Term and contract conditions:
Condiciones del periodo y contracto:
- November 30th to June 30th(6 months)
30° de Noviembre hasta el 30° Junio(6 meses)
- 25 hours a week
25 horas a la semana
- Training/shadowing period of two weeks
Periodo de capacitación/aprendizaje de dos semanas
- 15-17/hr with a monthly salary of $1,500-$1,700
15-17/hr con un salario mensual de $1,500-$1,700
Descripción de Trabajo:
A temporary position to enhance infrastructure and communication needed for this group to function as an all-volunteer effort. Taking into account the growth of the hotline, it is more vital than ever to have a group of volunteers that is efficient and prepared to respond to active cases.
*Priority will be given to people already living in or near Tucson, AZ.
Una posición temporal para aumentar la infraestructura y comunicación necesaria para que este grupo funcionara efectivamente con puros voluntaries. Tomando en cuenta el crecimiento de la línea directa , es más vital que nunca que tengamos un grupo de voluntarios que sea eficaz y preparado para responder a los casos activos.
*Se dará prioridad a las personas que ya viven dentro o cerca de Tucson, AZ.
SAR team management
Manejo del equipo de ByR
- Organize and maintain the spreadsheet of active volunteers
Organizar y mantener el registro de los voluntarios activos
- Coordinate meetings, including SAR weekly meetings and meetings with any other community and government organizations
Coordinar las reuniones, incluyendo las reuniones semanales de ByR así como juntas con cualquier otras organizaciones comunitarias y gubernamentales
- Coordinate outreach and training efforts to expand the team
Coordinar los esfuerzos de alcance y entrenamiento para incrementar la capacidad del equipo
- Coordinate logistics and communication during active searches, including post-search reports and follow up with hotline and authorities
Coordinar la logística y comunicación durante búsquedas activas, incluyendo informes posteriores a la búsqueda y seguimiento con la línea directa y las autoridades
- Vehicle logistics, including maintenance and repairs
Logista de vehículos, incluyendo mantenimiento y reparaciones
- Expand our current gear, and maintain them more organized and accessible
Expandir nuestros suministros actuales y mantenerlos más organizados y accesibles
- Coordinate communication with the Missing Persons Hotline team, including regarding shared meetings, during active searches, and when a family comes to facilitate or participate in a search
Coordinar la comunicación con el equipo de la Línea Directa de Personas Desaparecidas, incluyendo referente a las reuniones compartidas, durante búsquedas activas, y cuando se viene una familia para dirigir o participar en una búsqueda
- Draft monthly reports
Redactar informes mensuales
- Research and reach out to other groups or resources
Investigar y comunicarse con otros grupos o recursos
- Investigate and pursue alternative funding sources to boost the project
Investigar y conseguir fuentes financieras alternativas para promover el proyecto
- Fluency in both written and spoken English and Spanish required
Se requiere fluidez en inglés y español escrito y hablado
- Experience in search-and-rescue and/or logistical work preferred
Experiencia en búsqueda y rescate y / o trabajo de logística preferido
- Basic computer skills, with emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice spreadsheets and Google Earth
Destreza básica en usar una computadora, con énfasis en las hojas de cálculo de Microsoft Excel o LibreOffice y Google Earth
- Being willing and able to communicate with law-enforcement agencies when necessary and when consent is given for their involvement in an ongoing SAR
Estar dispuesto y capaz de comunicarse con las agencias de la ley cuando sea necesario y cuando se da el consentimiento para su participación en un SAR en curso
- Analysis of social and political dynamics creating the border crisis and commitment to confronting systematic oppression of non-US citizens in the borderlands
Análisis de la dinámica social y política que genera la crisis fronteriza y el compromiso de enfrentar la opresión sistemática de ciudadanos no estadounidenses en las tierras fronterizas
To apply for the position, go to the following link and answer all questions in your preferred language:
After completing all of the above requirements, you can expect the following:
- An email confirmation that we have received your request
- We will call your references
- We will set aside a time for a brief telephone interview in both English and Spanish
- You will receive a formal reply
A raíz de completar todos los requisitos anteriores, puedes esperar lo siguiente:
- Una confirmación por correo electrónico que dice que hemos recibido tu solicitud
- Llamaremos a su referencias
- Pondremos una hora para realizar una breve entrevista telefónica en ambos Inglés y Español
- Recibirás una respuesta formal
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From SOA Watch:
Dear SOA Watch,
We recently shared SOA Watch’s difficult decision to indefinitely postpone the 2020 Training Day and Action Convergence in Tucson to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our communities. Given the magnitude of the current health and humanitarian crises, it is our responsibility to find alternative forms of solidarity with those most disproportionately affected. We must remain vigilant to state violence and authoritarianism as governments protect corporate interests at the expense of peoples’ wellbeing and health.
With this in mind, we invite you to join us for the Confronting Forced Migration and Violence in the Americas Webinar Series on Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th, 2020. Together with Stop US Arms to Mexico, Alliance for Global Justice, No More Deaths, Veterans for Peace, and other compas, we are facilitating a series of five, one-hour webinar workshops. The series will examine the impacts of US-backed state violence in the Hemisphere, the root causes of forced migration, militarization, and using effective narratives, mutual aid, research, and lobbying to nourish our collective work as we face the current humanitarian crisis.
Please note that interpretation from English to Spanish or Spanish to English will be provided throughout the entire Webinar Series. The webinar schedule, panel descriptions, and SEPARATE registration links for each webinar are found below.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Voices from Abya Yala (the Americas): Realities and Resistance
Panel held in Spanish with English interpretation.Panelists:
Lucia Ixchiu, Somos Abya Yala – Somos una América, GuatemalaJorge Andrés Forero-González, Somos Abya Yala – Somos una América, Colombia
Abilio Peña, Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de América Latina «Óscar Romero» (SICSAL)
In the Kuna people’s language, Abya Yala means “mature land,” “living land,” or “blossoming land” and refers to America. In the first panel, organizers from Guatemala and Colombia reflect on the impacts of neoliberalisms, extractivism, state violence, forced migration, and the pandemic within their communities and throughout the Americas. We will also discuss how communities and social movements are resisting and organizing to safeguard their rights, dignity, and territories in this context.
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries1
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific Time / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time
Countering Anti-Migrant Narratives and Media Work
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Maha Hilal, Justice for Muslims Collective
Laura Carlsen, Americas Program
Panelists will discuss how narratives are used to both highlight and conceal the nuances of forced migration and US interventionism. We will also discuss the role of the media in creating narratives that criminalize and dehumanize communities of color and the emergence of new narratives developed by migrants and asylum seekers.
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries2
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Migrants at US-Mexico Border
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Jennifer Harbury, Angry Tías y Abuelas, Rio Grande Valley
Nicol Bowles, Community organizer in Texas Borderlands
Casa Carmelita, Asylum Seeker and Migrant Community Support Center
The coronavirus has grabbed headlines in local and international media. However, we have heard little about the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on the most vulnerable communities. In this webinar, we will discuss the situation facing asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border and how local communities are responding to these challenges.
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries3
Sunday, April 5, 2020
9:00 am – 10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Researching U.S. Militarization of Borderlands and Mesoamérica
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Natalia Báez, Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights
John Lindsay-Poland, Stop US Arms to Mexico Project of Global Exchange
How do we access information on the US gun trade, Mexican military forces, and how they impact human rights violations? How can we translate hard data on militarism for social media use and to change policy? In this webinar, veteran researchers guide us through how to access information on US-sourced weapons in Mexico and Central America.
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries4
10:30 am – 11:30 am PT / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Policy advocacy on U.S. militarism and guns in Mexico and Central America
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Dana Frank, Professor of History emerita at the University of California at Santa Cruz
Eugenio Weigend, Center for American Progress
This webinar draws on the extensive experience of two effective policy advocates regarding gun policy and US policy in Honduras to respond to the following questions: What policies impact violence and arms trafficking in Mexico and Central America? Are the gun industry and militarists using the current crisis to promote harmful policies? How can we engage legislators in Washington to change those policies?
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries5
SOA Watch is committed to challenging US-backed state violence that protects capitalism and profits at the expense of the wellbeing and dignity of our communities and territories. We stand strong with, and in, our communities and build our capacity to organize, resist, and engage in mutual aid. We hope you will join us for this webinar series and continue supporting our collective work for justice and structural change!
In continued solidarity,
Brigitte, Candice, Dévora, Pablo, and Roy
FACEBOOK LIVE AVAILABLE: @SCHOOLOFTHEAMERICASWATCH
GREG KUYKENDALL: Well, we are enormously grateful to the entire community for all the support that we’ve had for this fantastic result wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the fantastic and enormous support we’ve gotten from the community. Which is a poor way of saying thank you very very much to the community for everything thats happened.
Today the government took the position that people of conscience should not be prosecuted for acts of humanitarian aid. In other words humanitarian aid, by definition, is not a crime. [clapping]
REPORTER: Did he say that specifically or are you inferring this or do you have this written somewhere?
GK: It’s the only thing logical to infer. On the eve of Scott’s sentencing the government filed a motion in good faith to dismiss in the interest of justice justice demands that person of Scott’s background, faith, and activities not be prosecuted. And that’s what happened today. The government filed a motion and the motion said we are filing this in good faith in the interest of justice. And that’s why Scott’s not being prosecuted.
REPORTER: You were sort of raising the question in court of why they dropped the charges?
GK: I think it’s a reasonable question to ask.
REPORTER: So why do you think they changed their mind now?
GK: I think you guys should ask them why they changed their minds now. But I think it’s clear they changed their mind because the law is humanitarian aid is not a crime. Scott’s not guilty and they recognized that that was going to be writ large by the 9th circuit if they continued their prosecution of Scott.
REPORTER: They felt they would fail on appeal?
GK: I think it was pretty clear that they would fail on appeal and that there would be 9th circuit law explaining in even larger terms than Judge Marquez recently explained that humanitarian is not a crime.
REPORTER: In reference to No More Deaths different federal agencies over the past 15 years… do you think they’ve learned their lesson and are no longer going to target No Mor
GK: I hope that No More Deaths is no longer going to be targeted anymore. There’s certainly no reason for people of conscience trying to save lives in an environment where the government has intentionally weaoponized the desert and people are losing their lives in droves there’s certainly no reason why the government would target people like no more deaths.
From Paige Corich-Kleim, No More Deaths Media Coordinator:
“I’m just going to say it … Humanitarian aid is never a crime!
As people of conscience, we will continue to provide care and solidarity to people in the borderlands. Our organization has extended our streak of legal wins—now over 40 different victories in court over the last 18 years.
However, despite our organization’s victory today, we must also acknowledge the escalating violence toward directly affected communities—many people who seek justice in this country never find it.
As we speak, thousands are stuck along the border due to the disastrous Remain in Mexico Policy, or MPP (Migrant Protection Protocol). In the interior, the Trump administration has also promised to use SWAT-like teams aided by Border Patrol, to enforce immigration.
Last week a federal judge finally agreed that conditions in Border Patrol detention under Obama violated people’s rights. It took five years to get that decision, and over those years people continued to die in ICE and Border Patrol custody as a direct result of inhumane conditions, and medical neglect. Later today dozens more will be convicted in Operation Streamline and sent to these same centers.
Just a few days ago in DC, the family of teenager Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guerea got word from that the Supreme Court there would be no consequences for the Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa, the man who shot and killed their son in 2010. The ruling will impact the civil charge the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Nogales, who filed suit against BP agent Lonnie Swartz for his murder.
Arguments for this case were heard the same day Scott began his retrial, the same day arguments on DACA were heard. With no ruling on DACA, the program remains in limbo, with recipients unsure if the program will continue.
Finally, yesterday on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, just south of where volunteers received their charges, Border Patrol hosted a media spectacle on Monument Hill, an attempt to show that wall construction and controlled detonations are “not a big deal” We know that this process is not just causing irreparable environmental degradation, it is destroying sacred sites of the Hia C’ed O’odham and Tohono O’odham and a massive violation of their sovereignty.
These are dark times.
We are glad—for Scott, his family, and the broader community of those providing and receiving humanitarian aid along the US–Mexico border—this final charge was dropped, but let us take a moment for Sergio, Jose, and the more than 100 others who have been killed by Border Patrol directly, as well as the countless more who have died or disappeared due to US Border Enforcement strategy.
We celebrate another victory today, and we celebrate the overwhelming support of our Southern Arizona community, but this is not over. We will continue to find ways to intervene and reduce harm in the borderlands. Thank you all for your continued support.”
February 4rd, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (520) 240-1641
NO MORE DEATHS VOLUNTEERS WIN APPEAL:
#CABEZA9 CONVICTIONS REVERSED:
TUCSON, AZ – On January 31st, United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez reversed the convictions of four No More Deaths volunteers. The volunteers were convicted in January 2019 of multiple misdemeanor charges stemming from their humanitarian aid work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (CPNWR) during the summer of 2017 in an area known as the “trail of death.”
The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge covers over 803,000 acres of remote desert with no natural water sources and very few publicly accessible roads, making it one of the deadliest migration corridors along the border. In 2017, the year the volunteers were charged, 32 sets of human remains were found on the refuge.
The four volunteers were convicted after a bench trial in January, 2019, issued fines and placed on probation. The decision was appealed shortly after. The reversal was based on an examination of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), one of many defenses the volunteers’ lawyers presented. In the order, Judge Marquez wrote: “Accordingly, the Court finds that application of the regulations against Defendants violates RFRA, and the Court will reverse Defendants’ convictions.”
One key component of applying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is to determine whether or not the government has a compelling interest to enforce the law in question. In her order Judge Márquez noted that “…the Government claims a compelling interest in preventing Defendants from interfering with a border enforcement strategy of deterrence by death. This gruesome logic is profoundly disturbing. It is also speculative and unsupported by evidence.”
“This ruling reaffirms what No More Deaths has always maintained: providing life-saving humanitarian aid is never a crime. The reversal of the convictions is a victory for all people of conscience and righteousness who seek to end the death and suffering in the borderlands.” said volunteer Alicia Dinsmore “People continue to die every day on Cabeza Prieta and we will continue to act on our moral imperative to do this vital work.”
In a separate case, No More Deaths volunteer Dr. Scott Warren faced two misdemeanor charges for similar work, in addition to his high profile felony charges. His lawyers argued a successful RFRA claim for one of the charges, but he was found guilty of another. The conviction was announced by Judge Raner Collins minutes after a jury returned a not guilty verdict for his felony charges in November. He will be sentenced on February 27th. Dr. Warren and his attorneys will decide if they will appeal his conviction after sentencing.
No More Deaths remains committed to protecting the human rights of and advocating for the liberation of all people, regardless of race, religious belief, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality and documentation status.
Tickets are sold out for our 2/13 Luis Urrea event!
Thank you for your support.
This event is made possible by our generous sponsors:
Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment – An Enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation
Rancho Gordo – Specialty heirloom bean supplier based in Northern California
Tumerico – Vegetarian, scratch kitchen based in Tucson providing food for the event reception
Antigone Books – Voted Tucson’s best independent book store by readers of Tucson Weekly
Earlham College Border Studies Program – Program focusing on migration, identity, and social justice
EXO Roast Co. – Small batch, specialty coffee roaster in Tucson
People’s Defense Initiative – Grassroots community organizing fighting for human rights in Tucson
Rincon Market – Local family-owned deli, grocery, and restaurant in the Sam Hughes neighborhood
Rubin & Bernstein PLLC – Law firm based in Tucson, Arizona
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson – The fiscal sponsor of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes Mr. Urrea is the author of The Devil’s Highway and 16 other books, which reflect his cross-cultural experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a “border writer”. He has won many awards for his writing and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 for The Devil’s Highway, which tells the story of a group of men who in 2001 attempted to cross the border into southern Arizona’s deadliest corridor – the very area where our volunteers leave lifesaving food and water. He was recently named a Guggenheim