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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!

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