Every day, migrants are deported from the US to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with little more than the clothes on their backs. What belongings they have they must often carry in plastic or paper bags issued by the detention centers in which they have been held.
This project supplies bags at no cost to the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, who operate the Kino Border Initiative’s comedor (dining hall) in Nogales, to distribute among the people they serve there. Continue reading Dignity bags
The Border Songs album contains 31 tracks of music and spoken word, in English and Spanish, about the border and immigration. All of the artists—Pete Seeger, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Calexico, Charles Bowden, and many others—donated their work, and the project is donating all of the proceeds to No More Deaths/No Más Muertes. Continue reading Border Songs
The Good Fight with Ben Winkler, April 10, 2014
Everyone working at the border crossing knew that it was happening: brutal violence and abuses by border patrol agents. Sometimes even lethally. But the US Customs and Border Protection wasn’t talking, and politicians seemed more concerned with increasing its size and military power than in holding it accountable.
Continue reading The Good Fight with Ben Winkler: “The muckraker and the border patrol”
KVOA News 4 Tucson, Nathan O’Neal, January 17, 2013
A humanitarian group that provides aid and supplies to illegal migrants crossing the desert claims they caught a Border Patrol agent stealing blankets and food from one of their drop sites in Southern Arizona via a hidden camera. Continue reading KVOA News 4 Tucson: “Group claims Border Patrol stole blankets, food meant for migrants”
As detailed in the report Post-deportation Health: A Humanitarian Assessment, a survey of deportees in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico shows elevated levels of stress, abuse, and trauma among people detained and removed from the United States.
PBS, Brian Epstein, July 20, 2012
Need to Know continues its investigation into alleged abuses by US Border Patrol agents and officers on American soil. Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault, and even torture. Continue reading PBS: “Crossing the Line,” part 2
CNN, Traci Tamura, April 6, 2012
Recently, I traveled to Nogales, Mexico, to work on a CNN story with reporter Thelma Gutierrez and Senior Photojournalist Gregg Canes, about what happens to undocumented immigrants who are deported from the United States back to Mexico at all hours of the night. We spent a couple of nights on the border to meet some of the recent deportees. Continue reading CNN: “Deportation after dark”
On March 27, No More Deaths volunteers presented testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at a hearing in Washington, DC. The hearing was convened in response to advocates’ long-standing complaints regarding the treatment of detainees in short-term Border Patrol custody along the US–Mexico border. Continue reading No More Deaths testifies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The April 2012 issue of Oprah magazine features an article about the hardship and family separation caused by immigration enforcement. Continue reading Oprah magazine discusses immigration enforcement and Border Patrol abuse
A Border Patrol agent is facing a civil suit filed by Jesús Enrique Castro Romo, a resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico who was shot by the agent in November 2010 while he lay face down on the ground. The agent, Abel Canales, also faces a federal indictment on charges of accepting brides to repeatedly allow trucks to pass through an immigration checkpoint without inspection. Disturbingly, the corruption charges stem from events observed by investigators in October 2008, a full three years before the federal indictment was filed. Continue reading Shooting case confirms lack of accountability within Border Patrol