The Community Search & Rescue and Recovery Team is looking for: A COORDINATOR

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.

Application deadline : 23 May

Term and contract conditions:

  • 25 hours a week
  • Training/shadowing period of two weeks
  • 15-17/hr with a monthly salary of $1,500-$1,700
  • June 14th, 2021 to December 14th, 2021

Job definition:

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. The job will require you to live in or near Tucson, AZ.

Responsibilities:

SAR team management

  • Organize and maintain the spreadsheet of active volunteers
  • Coordinate meetings, including SAR weekly meetings and meetings with any other community and government organizations
  • Coordinate outreach and training efforts to expand the team
  • Coordinate logistics and communication during active searches, including post-search reports and follow up with hotline and authorities
  • Vehicle logistics, including maintenance and repairs
  • Expand our current gear, and maintain them more organized and accessible
  • 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

Other responsibilities

  • Draft monthly reports
  • Research and reach out to other groups or resources
  • Investigate and pursue alternative funding sources to boost the project

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Spanish required
  • Experience in search-and-rescue and/or logistical work preferred
  • Basic computer skills, with emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice spreadsheets and 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
  • Analysis of social and political dynamics creating the border crisis and commitment to confronting systematic oppression of non-US citizens in the borderlands

To apply for the position, go to the following link and answer all questions in your preferred language:

https://form.jotform.com/203005129075041
After completing all of the above requirements, you can expect the following:

  1. An email confirmation that we have received your request
  2. We will call your references
  3.  We will set aside a time for a brief telephone interview in both English and Spanish
  4. You will receive a formal reply

Position Available: SAR Volunteer Coordinator

Hours: 30 hrs (Includes 3-5 hours of weekly meetings)
Application Deadline: 23 May

JOB DEFINITION

This position serves to increase the outreach programs and volunteering opportunities of the Tucson Community Search Team (SAR) and Disappeared Persons Hotline teams. Primarily, this position will serve to prepare and implement the SAR/Hotline volunteer program, including overseeing the summer Monthlong program. Secondarily, the position will support in-town events aimed at building local volunteer capacity and community engagement.

DUTIES

Outreach

  • Expand exposure of both SAR/Hotline
  • Post needs publicly and channel responses
  • Following up with vols who request information
  • Respond promptly to inquiries
  • Track volunteer applications and bottom-line application-review process
  • When solicited, serve as point person for volunteer concerns or questions and assume responsibility for bringing these to the core group and/or conflict resolution group as appropriate
  • Receive and follow up on local volunteer applications, using agreed upon screening process
  • Work closely with SAR coordinator and Hotline Staff

Training

  • Optimize training process for on-boarding new volunteers
  • Schedule and find trainers for volunteer trainings

Media

  • Act as admin for outreach (social medía, webpage content and applications)
  • Respond to emails and phone calls about volunteer opportunities
  • Maintain and refine social media presence

Optimization and Refining of Existing Systems

  • Improving organization of communication structures
  • Improving documentation and communication with active volunteers
  • System for vetting new volunteers

Meetings

  • Attend SAR, Hotline meetings
  • Be available to attend relevant organizational meetings on a rotation (Spokes council, Personnel)

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Self-organized
  • Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Experience with program development, crisis response and/or community organizing with affected communities is a plus
  • Live in or near Tucson, AZ

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • 30hrs per week, at $15/hr
  • 6 month contract with option to renew
  • Contract dates: March 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only
  • Employees of NMD have access to health and dental insurance
  • Personnel support group will meet with the volunteer coordinator on a monthly basis (or as needed) to provide ongoing support and feedback during the time of service.

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://jotform.com/203005129075041

Position Available: PERSONNEL COORDINATOR

No More Deaths is accepting applications for the following paid position.

Apply by: May 16, 2021
Start: June 21, 2021

Apply Here

Term of service
One year

Job definition
In recent years, No More Deaths has grown from an all volunteer organization to incorporate paid positions for critical tasks that are difficult to fill with volunteer labor. Due to the non-hierarchical structure of No More Deaths, this position is not solely responsible for all HR issues, but instead is responsible for coordinating volunteers and staff to make sure HR and personnel issues are handled. The personnel coordinator is responsible for organizing systems to support NMD staff, ensure that staff are meeting expectations, and coordinate responses to conflict or issues involving staff. As this is a newer position in No More Deaths, the personnel coordinator will be creating and improving personnel systems for the organization.

Duties

  • Schedule and organize monthly personnel meetings of personnel volunteers
  • Track employee contract end dates and renewals
  • Ensure hiring processes are happening in a timely manner
  • Manage staff feedback processes
  • Coordinate weekly small meeting with a different coordinator + working group members to ensure coordinator is being supported and meeting expectations
  • Advocate for needs of coordinators

Requirements

  • Familiar with No More Deaths
  • Bilingual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Conflict mediation experience and experience with transformative justice models
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn new technologies (if not familiar) i.e. Nextcloud/Jotform
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • English/Spanish bilingual required

Contract Conditions

  • 25 hours a week at $16 an hour
  • Cell phone and Laptop provided by NMD, to be used for NMD purposes only

No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer and 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.

Thanks for your interest in this position!

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