Final “Disappeared” report coming in 2019

The Abuse Documentation team is working hard on the third and final installment of the report series Disappeared: How US Border-Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing-Persons Crisis. Part 3 will deal with emergency nonresponse: the routine failure of the Border Patrol and other law-enforcement agencies to respond adequately to search-and-rescue requests in order to save the lives of people who have gone missing while crossing the US–Mexico border. Continue reading Final “Disappeared” report coming in 2019

Public Mural Painting – Saturday, September 8th

8 AM – 11 AM

Come help us paint a mural along a major thoroughfare in Tucson!

As the trials of our volunteers draw closer, we’re amping up our outreach efforts and making sure that everybody in Tucson knows that HUMANITARIAN AID IS NEVER A CRIME! This mural painting launches our fall lawn sign campaign, which will allow Tucsonians to proudly show their solidarity with No More Deaths and to demand that the government cease the criminalization of aid workers. Come pick up a sign for your yard, learn how you can get involved and help us paint by number!

Snacks, brushes and cold beverages provided. Wear clothes you can get dirty.

Accessibility info: this mural will be painted on a wall along the north side of Broadway between Alvernon and Columbus. We will be working on the sidewalk in little-to-no shade. There will be no bathroom access. Broadway is a busy street with medium to heavy traffic.

An evening with Luis Alberto Urrea: a benefit for No More Deaths


Luis Alberto Urrea, critically acclaimed author of The Devil’s Highway and sixteen other books, is a Tucson favorite son. Widely thought of as a “border writer” because of his cross-cultural experience and focus, Urrea says he is “more interested in bridges than borders.” The event’s dialogue will be moderated by Ernesto Portillo Jr., editor of La Estrella de Tucsón and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star. A limited number of tickets are available. Continue reading An evening with Luis Alberto Urrea: a benefit for No More Deaths

Pressure mounts to drop charges against humanitarian-aid workers

As the crisis of death and disappearance continues in the Southwest borderlands, pressure is building on federal officials to drop all charges against humanitarian-aid workers providing lifesaving assistance to people walking through the remote Sonoran Desert. In June, lawyers from across the country filed a brief in the case of United States v. Scott Warren in support of the argument that the actions for which Scott is being prosecuted constitute such a deep and enduring part of his moral compass that the government is violating his religious freedom by pressing charges. Continue reading Pressure mounts to drop charges against humanitarian-aid workers

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