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
In the month of March, No More Deaths ramps up its volunteer program to accept fifty-plus visiting volunteers for spring break. This is ten times the number we usually accept in any given month. Continue reading Spring volunteer program carries on despite chilling effect
The chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector faced the music January 30 when an audience lobbed questions at him about destruction of water left in the desert for thirsty travelers. Continue reading Community members confront Border Patrol on abuses
As we close out the year, we honor the work done by hundreds of No More Deaths volunteers. Their efforts, made possible by your donations, reach many thousands of migrants, refugees, and undocumented community members. In the last year, volunteers: Continue reading Our work this year—by the numbers
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
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
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?
- 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