Category Archives: Updates

Video: More Than Nice by Emmanuel Lubezki

Over a year ago, No More Deaths was approached by KIND Snacks to document our life-saving work in the Arizona desert. We chose to participate and got to work with an Oscar-winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. Through the video piece, we were able to share our response to the current crisis of death and disappearance on the US-Mexico border.

Our humanitarian response is situated in an intense geographical area combined with an increasingly hostile political environment towards migrants and refugees. This work exists in the context of a worldwide crisis of forced migration, which is at its highest in decades. Now, more than ever, we need a kinder world for people who have been displaced from their homes.

Since filming, the human remains of 151 migrants were found in Arizona, the highest number in five years. We know this represents only a fraction of the number of deaths – many people who die in the remote borderlands are never found. The unprecedented levels of border enforcement, technology, and walls that already exist have not stopped the deaths or migration. Instead, this enforcement strategy of “prevention through deterrence” has funneled people into even more isolated and dangerous areas. From a humanitarian perspective, it is unacceptable to create immigration and border policies that result in death.

Now is the time to join the movement for migrant justice. We call on people to find ways to engage in their local communities and support work that is linked to ours, especially when that work is organized by communities most affected by the border crisis. The injustices at the border don’t only affect people while they are in the desert. Anywhere migrants are denied their basic rights, are separated from their families, or live in fear because of their legal status, the border is present.

We all have an opportunity to act with bold kindness to resist the walls that serve to separate us from our neighbors. We will continue our work in the Arizona desert until it is no longer needed. What will you do?


The day DACA died: Keep Tucson Together stands against threats to immigrants

No More Deaths was born thirteen years ago to aid vulnerable people migrating across the deadly Arizona desert. As this core mission continues and expands, NMD has reached out its arms to help people after deportation and document the abuses they have experienced. In Tucson, one NMD working group helps immigrants living in the US who risk deportation and/or detention every time they leave their homes. Continue reading The day DACA died: Keep Tucson Together stands against threats to immigrants

In Nogales, more deported US residents

On a busy morning in Nogales, across the border at the Kino Border Initiative’s comedor (dining hall), I am helping serve breakfast to about seventy-five people who have just been deported. Most were recently apprehended while crossing the border. They are still dressed in the dark, rugged clothing they wore to blend into the desert surroundings. These are the people you could call migrants or refugees, who have left their home carrying their family’s hopes and dreams on their back or fleeing the unspeakable violent death that threatens them back there. Continue reading In Nogales, more deported US residents

Where is ICE leaving Nogales deportees’ money behind?

Every day, ICE scoops up people of Mexican origin from federal, state, and local jails and takes them to the border. Their funds do not go with them. In the first half of 2017, people deported to Nogales recovered $117,532.04 from their jail accounts through our unique “check-cashing service.” Volunteers have developed multiple recovery methods to use based on whether a person was deported with an unusable check, debit card, or neither. Continue reading Where is ICE leaving Nogales deportees’ money behind?

Stepped-up efforts to fight disappearance

  • Our help line for lost border crossers and their families launched July 10. Five trained search-and-rescue/search-and-recovery (SAR) operators field the calls. There have been almost 300 calls so far.
  • Volunteers worked with Águilas del Desierto, the Ajo Samaritans, and migrant-rights advocates in Sonora to bring about the recovery of 20 individuals’ remains.

Continue reading Stepped-up efforts to fight disappearance

In memory of Father Jerry

Jerry Zawada—nuclear resister, peace-and-justice activist, Franciscan friar—died on the morning of July 25 at the age of eighty. Father Jerry started the Dignity Bag project, a collaboration between No More Deaths and other groups. The project raised money to buy sturdy canvas tote bags, made by the women of the DouglaPrieta Works sewing cooperative, for use by people deported to Nogales. Continue reading In memory of Father Jerry