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

 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

Job definition:
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.

Responsibilities:
Responsabilidades:

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

Other responsibilities:
Otra responsabilidades:

  • 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

Qualifications
Calificaciones

  • 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:

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

Para postularse para el puesto, favor de ir al siguiente enlace y responda todas las preguntas en su idioma preferido:  

https://form.jotform.com/203005129075041
A raíz de completar todos los requisitos anteriores, puedes esperar lo siguiente:

  1. Una confirmación por correo electrónico que dice que hemos recibido tu solicitud
  2. Llamaremos a su referencias
  3. Pondremos una hora para realizar una breve entrevista telefónica en ambos Inglés y Español
  4. Recibirás una respuesta formal

Second Military Style Raid in Two Months: Border Patrol detains 12 people receiving humanitarian aid

Arivaca, AZ: After sunset on October 5th, US Border Patrol entered No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp with a federal warrant, for a second nighttime raid in two months. Volunteers were held for 3 hours while 12 people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat were detained.

In a massive show of armed force, Border Patrol, along with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), descended on the camp with an armored tank, ATVS, a helicopter, and many marked and unmarked vehicles. Agents armed with assault rifles chased and terrorized those that were receiving care, all while the helicopter hovered low above them kicking up dust and debris, making it nearly impossible to see. Border patrol smashed windows, broke doors, and destroyed essential camp infrastructure as well as supplies.This was after heavily surveilling the camp and patrolling its perimeter, creating an antagonistic and distressing environment for those receiving care, since late Saturday night on the 3rd.

Since the previous raid on July 31st, Border Patrol has refused on multiple occasions to meet with volunteers to discuss previous shared agreements that upheld the right to provide humanitarian aid. The sector chief sent No More Deaths representatives a formal letter asserting this refusal. 
 

Border Patrol’s continual surveillance and harassment of Byrd Camp keeps patients from receiving essential care. This criminalization of the humanitarian aid and medical care we provide is only a furtherance of the agency’s deadly policies. Border Patrol detains people in unsafe and deadly facilities where medical neglect is rampant and human rights abuses are well documented.

Paige Corich Kleim, a volunteer present for the raid yesterday said this about the previous raid in late July  “Once again, Border Patrol is concentrating their resources on interfering with humanitarian aid during the most deadly time of year for people crossing the border, People are dying in the desert because of border enforcement policy, and now Border Patrol wants to prevent people from accessing life-saving assistance. We view this as a clear violation of international humanitarian law.”
 

Since 2004, Byrd Camp has been a location where people crossing through the harsh Sonoran Desert can find food, water, medical care, and respite. Byrd Camp has always operated openly and transparently and offered humanitarian aid according to Red Cross protocols. No More Deaths affirms the right of all people, regardless of nationality, to give and receive humanitarian aid. Our volunteers are specifically trained to respect autonomy when providing care as is standard practice in the medical field and only call 911 and Border Patrol with patient consent. We will continue to be a presence in the desert as long as Border Patrol policies create a crisis of death and disappearance

Military style raid: border patrol detains 30+ people receiving care at humanitarian aid station

Arivaca, AZ: Around sunset on July 31st, US Border Patrol raided No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp, detaining over thirty people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat. In a massive show of force, Border Patrol, along with BORTAC, descended on the camp with an armored vehicle, three ATVS, two helicopters, and an estimated 24 marked and unmarked vehicles.

Agents refused to show a warrant upon entry, and were not wearing masks. For two hours, in darkness, they detained and chased people receiving care while a Border Patrol cameraman filmed the scene. The day before, agents had entered the property without a warrant and detained one person receiving care. Border Patrol then set up 24-hour surveillance around the perimeter, deterring anyone else from entering the camp to seek help.

Last night’s military style raid on the aid station is a clear example of Border Patrol’s deadly pattern of interfering with humanitarian aid. Many No More Deaths volunteers work as EMTs, paramedics, nurses, and doctors. Volunteers are trained to respect the autonomy of individuals receiving care — as is standard practice in the medical field, they only call 911 and Border Patrol with patient consent. All persons at camp had been medically evaluated, were stable, and were receiving continuous care.

The initial detention and surveillance of Byrd Camp was set up just 24 hours after No More Deaths released emails from a FOIA request revealing the role of BORTAC — the tactical unit recently mobilized against protestors throughout the United States — and the Border Patrol Union’s role in a 2017 raid of the same aid station.

Border Patrol previously raided Byrd camp in 2017, which predates Dr. Scott Warren’s arrest for providing humanitarian aid to two individuals. Warren was arrested just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing Border Patrol’s interference with humanitarian aid, along with a video that went viral showing agents destroying water gallons. The message is clear: expose Border Patrol abuses, face retaliation

“Yesterday, Border Patrol harmed thirty people in irreparable ways. On a daily basis those who migrate through the Arizona desert are targeted, terrorized, detained, and deported.” Said Dr. Scott Warren, “Last night we witnessed these tactics deployed against people who sought medical care and relief at our Byrd Camp aid station. As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations.”now

An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea – Sold Out

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:

Community Partners:

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

Friends:

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

An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea

A fundraiser for No More Deaths/ No Más Muertes

Join us for an evening with renowned author Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, Guggenheim Fellow, and Tucson Book Festival favorite.

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.”    

For more info and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email fundraising@nomoredeaths.org.

To purchase tickets, go to nomoredeaths.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are limited.