Position Available: Search & Rescue (SAR) Logistics Coordinator

Application Due Date: January 14, 2022
Hours Per Week: 30 hours

Job Description:
In an effort to provide a humanitarian, nonviolent and civil response to the crisis of missing persons in the borderlands. The Community Search and Rescue (SAR) Team works directly with the Missing Persons Hotline Team as well as other organizations to respond to reports of missing loved ones within the Southern Arizona and New Mexico area.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Conduct training on mapping, technology management, etc.
  • Provide leadership and direction to all volunteers.
  • For the small percentage of cases that are appropriate for the NMD SAR team to respond to this position, take responsibility for:
    • Keeping all necessary equipment in stock and ready for a SAR.
    • Keeping SAR vehicles in good working order and ready for a SAR.
    • Communication with the authorities in the cases in which the lost person and / or their family is requesting it.
    • Post-search report and documentation of lessons learned.
  • For the small percentage of cases where friends or family members of a missing person come to the area to attempt a search themselves, this position will be as follows:
    • Communication with all active volunteers to assess the support available to offer.
    • Communication with the hotline operator or directly with family / friends.
    • Coordination of consultations on the area and appropriate search methods.
    • Support for the search for permits or access to land.
    • Post-search report and documentation of lessons learned.
  • Communicate with allied groups about active searches and share resources.
  • Support current team members in their efforts to create educational tools and resources as needed.

Requirements:

  • Must live or be near Tucson.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.
  • Basic skill in using a computer, with an emphasis on Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice spreadsheets and Google Earth.
  • Be willing and able to communicate with law enforcement agencies when necessary and when consent is given for their participation in an ongoing SAR.
  • A wish to work collectively and to follow group agreements.

Contract Conditions:

  • 1 year contract with option to renew.
  • 30 hours per week/ $16 an hour.
  • Training provided.
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only.
  • Full time employees of NMD have access to health and dental insurance.

No More Deaths strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. Individuals with personal ties to the border or who identify as coming from an affected community are especially encouraged to apply. U.S citizenship is not a requirement. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer. Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here: https://form.jotform.com/213476904082154

Position Available: Missing Persons Hotline Coordinator

Application Due Date: January 7, 2022
Hours Per Week: 40 hours

Job Description:
Collaborate with NMD partners and other community groups on both sides of the border to respond to requests from family members searching for missing loved ones and provide a humanitarian, civil, non-violent response to the missing persons crisis in the borderlands. In 2014, we launched a search and rescue (SAR) task force to increase our efforts to strengthen the coalition, increase capacity and formalize cross-border collaboration.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Receiving calls and channeling to different organizations (consulate, immigration, sheriff or non-governmental organizations).
  • Respond to emails dealing with missing persons cases.
  • Prioritize applicable cases to the SAR No More Deaths team.
  • Database: compile and enter information for case tracking.
  • Informational brochures: produce and distribute brochures in physical form and electronic media (email, social media etc.
  • Monthly report: Provide information on calls answered, how many cases have been closed, how many are being followed up, how many successful rescues have taken place, information on projects completed and projects in planning.
  • Community Assembly: Plan, organize and encourage community participation for upcoming projects.
  • Meetings with NMD: Provide bi-weekly report updates, participate in meetings and trainings.
  • New volunteer onboarding: Assist with outreach and training (or facilitation of training sessions) of new team members to expand the team
  • Hotline Volunteer: Facilitate communication between hotline volunteers to organize meetings, initiate and participate in chat groups and email threads. As well as create tools to enhance collaboration among members such as schedules, schedules, and schedules for new members.
  • SAR Community Team: Be in contact with other SAR groups in the borderlands and be aware of ways to be in solidarity with them when possible. Research and be in contact with other organizations and resources. When the SAR team is mobilized this role could be integrated or help coordinate from Tucson.
  • Coordinate liaison and training of new members and update the volunteer roster.
  • Lead SAR team communication as needed.
  • Document team activity including post-search reports and examples of discriminatory practices by law enforcement.
  • Handling communication with government institutions (consulate, immigration, sheriff etc.) to request their participation in an active search and rescue, when permission is obtained from the family of the missing person. And dealing with media requests.

Requirements:

  • Must live or be near Tucson.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish.
  • Willingness to organize and participate in community presentations.
  • Create ways to reach out to more volunteers.
  • Experience with search and rescue and/or a crisis hotline.
  • Basic computer skills with an emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice spreadsheets and Google Earth.

Contract Conditions:

  • 1 year contract with option to renew
  • 40 hours per week/ $16 an hour
  • Training provided
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only
  • Full time employees of NMD have access to health and dental insurance

No More Deaths strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. Individuals with personal ties to the border or who identify as coming from an affected community are especially encouraged to apply. U.S citizenship is not a requirement. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer. Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here: https://form.jotform.com/213486844448164

Position Available: Hotline & SAR Volunteer Coordinator

Application Deadline: November 29, 2021
Start Date: December 13, 2021

Hours: 30 hours per week

Job Description: Within the “No More Deaths” organization, the Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for increasing the number of volunteers in our humanitarian aid work in the border areas. The coordinator’s main responsibility is to recruit and create ways to sustain volunteer efforts. Along with other tasks and responsibilities, the Coordinator is asked to prepare and implement a “Volunteer Program” for our Search & Recovery and Disappeared Persons Hotline teams.

Responsibilities:

Outreach Volunteer Program (60%):

  • Represents NMD as a spokesperson for interested volunteers
  • Ensures that dates, applications, and reference forms are posted on the NMD website; at least 3 months in advance of any given program
  • Follow up with volunteer applications and the review process for those applications
  • Expands exposure of both SAR/Hotline
  • Communicates with interested, accepted, and declined volunteers
  • Provides clear and up-to-date inductive information to newly arrived volunteers
  • Adds new volunteers to the calendar, along with the logistics coordinator ensures that calendars are organized and up to date
  • When requested will act as point of contact to collect volunteer concerns and questions. The coordinator will be responsible for logging them and forwarding them to the working group.
  • Coordinates reports for outgoing volunteers; will share necessary feedback to the working group.

General Coordination of NMD Volunteers (25%):

  • Create and manage volunteer group chat through Signal.

Administration and Continuing Education (15%):

  • Ensures all materials are up to date and translated
  • Create and update volunteer applications and important documents for SAR & Hotline as needed

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Self-motivated, ability to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Prior knowledge or ability to learn Office software used by No More Deaths, including: e-mail, file sharing, spreadsheets, presentations, Listserve and shared calendars.
  • LOCAL TO TUCSON OR WILLING TO RELOCATE

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • 30 hours per week, at $16/hr
  • 1 year contract with option to renew
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only
  • Employees of NMD have access to health and dental insurance
  • Transportation costs related to NMD outreach work will be reimbursed

No More Deaths strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. Individuals with personal ties to the border or who identify as coming from an affected community are especially encouraged to apply. U.S citizenship is not a requirement. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer. Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here: https://form.jotform.com/212004858633150

Left To Die: Call To Action

A new report from No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Left to Die: Border Patrol, Search and Rescue and the Crisis of Disappearance, finds that Border Patrol systematically ignores and mishandles the search and rescue emergencies of migrants, who are funneled into dangerous and remote terrain by the agency’s policy and practices. The report also finds that Border Patrol obstructs family and community search efforts, leaving thousands to die.

Every year, Congress gives more than $25 billion dollars to ICE and CBP to profile, jail, deport and terrorize immigrants. Their records of abuse and consistent rejection of oversight and accountability demonstrate that these enforcement agencies are beyond reform.

To end the crisis of death and disappearance in the borderlands we must decriminalize migration, demilitarize the border and defund Customs and Border Protection, the agency that causes people to become missing and leaves them to die.

Take Action today by supporting community-based search and rescue efforts & joining the #DefundHate Campaign to demand Congress defund Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What you can do:

  1. Donate to community-based search and rescue groups in the borderlands
  2. Demand that Congress defund Customs and Border Protection with the #DefundHate Campaign! 
    1. Sign the petition bit.ly/DefundHatePetition
    2. Contact your elected officials with the tools below:
      1. Find your representative
      2. Find your senator

Sample Script:

“Hello, my name is [_______] and I’m a constituent of [congressional member’s name]. I thought you would be interested in a new report that analyzes Border Patrol’s search and rescue response system. The report is called Left to Die: Border Patrol, Search and Rescue, and the Crisis of Disappearance.

The report provides overwhelming evidence that Border Patrol’s emergency response system is plagued with systemic and deadly discrimination, routinely ignoring and mishandling life-threatening emergencies and fueling a crisis of death and disappearance. It’s clear that the agency is unfit to be involved in search and rescue efforts.

I’m calling on [Member of Congress] to oppose funding increases for border and immigration enforcement. Instead of using public funds to criminalize migration and militarize the border, we demand that you exhibit leadership and call for drastic cuts in funding for ICE and CBP. This includes cutting funds for “smart border” technologies that only serve to further militarize an already hyper-militarized border, endangering the lives of migrants.”

Facing Death in Detention

Due to the threats of COVID-19, since February, the No More Deaths Keep Tucson Together Legal Clinic has focused its efforts on preparing humanitarian parole requests and motions for bonds for more than 50 of our clients detained at La Palma, Eloy & Florence, AZ ICE detention facilities. Court dates are set and then cancelled, re-set and then cancelled. Meanwhile, precautions against the spread of the pandemic in cramped detention centers are abysmal. There is no soap in sinks, no access to gloves, and detained women and men just receive two face masks each – only after signing waivers of liability for the masks. Under these conditions, it is no surprise that more people are becoming infected with COVID-19. As of this writing, ICE acknowledges 69 known “positive” cases of COVID-19 at the La Palma facility alone.

Recently, at an La Palma detention center in Eloy, detainees blocked the doors to their “pod” with tables and chairs, demanding masks, gloves, hand soap and testing. In response, the officers from CoreCivic – the for-profit company that operates many detention centers – broke through and shot them with rubber bullets and sprayed them with tear gas. As this violence demonstrates, detained men and women are not safe in ICE custody. No More Deaths, along with Amnesty International and others, have called for the release of all ICE detainees during this pandemic, and we have been working hard to secure the release of these individuals.

On May 1st, our legal team was able to secure four bond hearings; three of our brothers were granted bonds and one was continued. One of those released is an 18-year old high school senior, who has never been in detention before, and had his bond set at $9,000. Detention was horrific for this young man. Another of the three released tested positive for COVID and has been quarantining since release. As of this writing, we have been able to get nine detainees out since February and back to their families, and hope to get more out soon.

What is clear is that the government’s policy of denying all petitions for humanitarian paroles and continuing bond hearings, not providing masks, gloves, soap and testing are all purposeful and orchestrated forms of mass negligence, not just coincidental incidents of chaos. There can be no doubt that the United States is executing a policy of detention = death. The No More Deaths/ Keep Tucson Together Clinic will continue to shine the light on these deadly practices and to do everything in our power to secure freedom and life for our sisters and brothers in detention. If you are able, please consider making a generous donation to the No More Deaths Keep Tucson Together Bond Fund at bit.ly/nmdbond. We are committed to doing everything we can to leave no one behind to die alone in detention.

Article by Margo Cowan, volunteer, Keep Tucson Together