About No More Deaths

No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona. We began in 2004 in the form of a coalition of community and faith groups, dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform. We later developed into an autonomous project. Since 2008 we have been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.

Mission

The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes:

  • Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
  • Witnessing and responding
  • Consciousness raising
  • Global movement building
  • Encouraging humane immigration policy

Projects

Our volunteer-based projects address different dimensions of the suffering caused by current policies toward migration, immigration, and border policing. Please contact us if you would like to get involved in one of these projects or would like more information.

Aid in the desert

No More Deaths maintains a year-round humanitarian presence in the deserts of southwestern Arizona. We work in the remote corridors into which migration has been pushed, where people are walking 30 to 80 miles. Volunteers hike the trails and leave water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies. Under the direction of our medical team, volunteers provide emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.

Aid in Mexico

In northern Sonora, we provide phone calls and first aid to deportees and northbound migrants. We have an informal check-cashing service for those deported with an uncashable prison check. To those planning to cross the desert, we distribute simple tools for reducing damage to health.

Abuse documentation

Volunteers document the abuse, neglect, and mistreatment endured by detainees in short-term Border Patrol custody as well as in the immigration-detention system. We have published three reports: Crossing the Line (2008), A Culture of Cruelty (2011), and Shakedown (2014). Each includes specific, actionable demands for system change.

Keep Tucson Together

Keep Tucson Together is biweekly legal clinic that works side by side with community members applying for status or facing deportation and that trains participants to help each other through the immigration court process. KTT also works with the national movement to give sanctuary to those facing removal, and to stop the raids and deportations.

Helping get belongings back

We minister to incarcerated migrants and their families by helping them recover their personal effects from the US Border Patrol, belongings that would otherwise be lost. We pick them up, safeguard them, and mail them home.

Searching for the disappeared

In partnership with the Missing Migrant Project of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, we respond to emergency calls and mobilize search teams when Border Patrol and local law enforcement refuse to respond.

Supporting borderlands communities

In coalition with People Helping People, a grassroots campaign in Arivaca, we operate the Arivaca Humanitarian Aid Office, which offers resources and organizing space to borderlands-community residents. We work in coalition with border communities to resist militarization.