- 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.
We are witnessing the effects of the harshest border and immigration policies yet. Figures from the International Organization for Migration show a 17 percent increase in deaths on the US–Mexico border. The need for a civilian, humanitarian response grows. Continue reading Work goes on in multiple desert corridors despite obstruction by the government
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
The Search and Rescue working group of No More Deaths has launched a new phone line for the loved ones of border crossers who are lost in the desert and for lost border crossers themselves. The goal of this new resource is to reduce deaths in the desert. Continue reading New phone line for lost border crossers and their families
No More Deaths volunteer Denise Holley has published her first book, Why the Undocumented Belong to America. A longtime journalist, Holley began editing the NMD newsletter in the spring of 2012. Here is the first chapter of the book. Continue reading New book by NMD volunteer on the fight for immigration justice
I had a painful but powerful experience on February 20, 2016. My daughter and grandchildren and I were returning home. It was after sunset on the Arivaca–Sasabe road when we saw something up ahead. Continue reading Remembering “Miguel”
Sophie Smith and Alicia Dinsmore presented the findings of Deadly Apprehension Methods: The Consequences of Chase and Scatter in the Wilderness at five schools in the Midwest in February. Continue reading Publicizing our findings: Midwest speaking tour
We do everything we possibly can to make the border a safer place for migrants. That’s what our work in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico is about. Continue reading Enhancing safety for migrants in Nogales
The desert around Ajo, in the western reaches of southern Arizona near the border, is a vast wilderness. Much of it is without public-access roads, making humanitarian aid incredibly difficult. Continue reading Preventing deaths, and helping recover remains, in the Ajo migration corridor
In early February, Keep Tucson Together (KTT) launched the “People’s Power Campaign,” which aims to protect families from raids, detention, and deportation by providing legal counsel, materials, and “know your rights” information. KTT provides community members with updates on changing immigration policies every Thursday during its forum and legal clinic at Tucson’s Pueblo High School. Continue reading Keep Tucson Together’s campaign to resist deportations