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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

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