Category Archives: Updates

Faith floods the desert: interfaith leaders unite to assert that humanitarian aid is a moral imperative

Approximately 60 advocates and faith leaders from across the United States are joining No More Deaths in Ajo, Arizona on Sunday, August 5 to call attention to the criminalization of humanitarian aid and the crisis of death and disappearance in the west desert (which stretches between Ajo and the Mexico–US border). These faith leaders are coming to stand in solidarity with humanitarian-aid workers and local residents who assert their right to provide humanitarian aid in the borderlands. Continue reading Faith floods the desert: interfaith leaders unite to assert that humanitarian aid is a moral imperative

Update from the summer volunteer program

Despite the increased criminalization of humanitarian-aid work we’ve witnessed over the past year, No More Deaths continues to provide lifesaving aid in the borderlands of southern Arizona. Our summer volunteer program trains a new group of volunteers each week and helps maintain a consistent humanitarian presence in the Sonoran Desert during the hottest months of the year. Continue reading Update from the summer volunteer program

Two volunteers recognized by national and international organizations

Attorney Margo Cowan—one of the founders of No More Deaths, pro bono attorney for the organization, and founder of the Keep Tucson Together legal clinics—was recognized in June at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Margo was given the Arizona Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award, honoring her years of pro bono service. Thank you, Margo, for your tireless work and dedication on behalf of the most vulnerable in our border community. Continue reading Two volunteers recognized by national and international organizations

Quest for justice for murdered teen continues

José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, sixteen years old, was walking down a street next to the border in his hometown of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on the night of October 10, 2012. A cross-border incident was taking place. Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, arriving on the scene, targeted José Antonio, firing sixteen times — from a hundred feet away, through the twenty-five-foot steel border wall that looms over the street. Ten of Swartz’s bullets tore into José Antonio’s body, two in his head and eight in his back. Continue reading Quest for justice for murdered teen continues

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?