On Tuesday, January 15th at 8:30 AM, No More Deaths will hold a pre-trial press conference outside the Deconcini Federal Courthouse, 400 W Congress. We ask supporters to join us then and for the rest of week in the courtroom as the trial unfolds. Please tell us you are coming so we can be in touch if needs or updates arise.
DAILY TRIAL UPDATES
January 15th, 2019, TUCSON, AZ – Four No More Deaths volunteers facing federal misdemeanor charges begin trial today for their humanitarian aid work along the southwest border. The aid workers are being prosecuted for their efforts to place life-saving food and water on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a vast and remote area south of Ajo, Arizona where 91 border crossers are known to have died since 2014 and countless more have gone missing.
“Members of our organization are being criminally prosecuted for placing water in areas where hundreds of people have died of thirst.” says Paige Corich-Kleim, a humanitarian aid volunteer with No More Deaths. “Anybody who has visited the refuge understands the harshness of the terrain and the need for a humanitarian response.”
The summer of 2017 was one of the deadliest on record in Arizona, resulting in a total of 32 known migrant deaths on the Refuge. No More Deaths volunteers maintained a consistent presence in the area, putting out humanitarian aid supplies and responding to search and rescue calls for missing migrants. That winter, nine volunteers, in places as disparate as New Orleans, Minneapolis and Seattle, received knocks on their door from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Charges include operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area, abandonment of property, and entering a wildlife refuge without a permit. One of the defendants is Ajo resident Dr. Scott Warren, who is also charged with felony harboring and conspiracy related to humanitarian aid work. Dr. Warren’s felony trial is scheduled for May of this year.
The trial begins as the country goes into the fourth week of government shutdown, the longest in history. “The president is holding the country hostage over his demand for a border wall and claiming the humanitarian aid crisis as justification for his actions,” says Max Granger, another longtime volunteer with the group. “We believe a humanitarian crisis warrants a humanitarian response. A border wall will do nothing to alleviate the crisis of death and disappearance along the US-Mexico border. The protection of the right to give, and to receive, humanitarian aid is essential as long as the government maintains border policies that funnel migration into the most remote parts of the desert.”
Trials are expected to last through the week, with a verdict being issued sometime after trial ends. Dr. Warren’s misdemeanor trial is scheduled for February and the final round of Cabeza defendants will go to trial in March.
Call Elizabeth Strange, First Assistant US Attorney for Arizona and demand that she drop all charges against nine No More Deaths volunteers. Humanitarian aid is never a crime!
Continue reading Tell the US Attorney’s Office to drop the charges!
To get out our message that Humanitarian Aid Is Never A Crime, we’re aiming to put out thousands of yard signs around the county before trials of our volunteers start in early 2019. Come join us! We’ll be door-knocking supporters, telling them about the cases and asking them to put a sign in their yard to show their support.
No previous experience with No More Deaths necessary. Bring a buddy or come on your own. Contact our campaign coordinator
Yesterday, No More Deaths, in collaboration with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, released Interference with Humanitarian Aid: Death and Disappearance on the US–Mexico Border. This report is the second installment of a three-part report series entitled Disappeared: How US Border-Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing-Persons Crisis. In part 2, we detail the intentional destruction of over 3,000 gallons of water left out for border crossers, implicating the US Border Patrol in the majority of this destruction. We document how Border Patrol agents engage in the widespread vandalism of gallons of water left for border crossers and routinely interfere with other humanitarian-aid efforts in rugged and remote areas of the borderlands. Continue reading Demand Border Patrol stop destroying humanitarian aid
On August 10, a caravan of seventeen LGBTQI migrants presented themselves at the port of Nogales to claim their right of asylum in the United States. Five remain in detention and need your support. Continue reading Support the Trans-Gay Migrant Caravan
If you haven’t already, please sign the petition today demanding that the Border Patrol cease interference with humanitarian-aid efforts and end the policies that cause death and suffering in the desert.
There is a crisis of death and disappearance happening at the US–Mexico border. Today, Tucson-based groups No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos release part 1 of a three-part report series aimed at bringing this crisis to light. Continue reading End the crisis of death and disappearance at the border!
Last Monday night, more than 50 members of the No More Deaths community gathered in a church in Tucson. We came together to strategize on the impacts of the Trump administration’s plans to target the US undocumented community with mass deportations, to revoke DACA, and to increase border militarization. As always, we closed our meeting with a moment of silence, thinking of those who have lost their lives crossing the border. Continue reading A letter to our community and a call to action
Dear NMD supporters,
Eight months ago a courageous Tucsonan, Rosa Robles Loreto, entered into public Sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in an effort to stop her pending deportation and to remain with her family and community here in Arizona. Continue reading Stand with Rosa! Eight months in Sanctuary