Recognizing the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding on the borderlands, No More Deaths has worked since 2004 to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border. No More Deaths acknowledges that human migration across the border is driven by economic injustice in Mexico, United States foreign policy, and the necessity to search for a better life. In the process of migration and deportation, migrants face extreme danger. The deadly combination of U.S. border enforcement policy and the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert cause hundreds of deaths every year, most of the deaths occurring in the brutal heat of the summer months. In the face of these adverse conditions, migrants crossing the border north still contend with the brutality and cruelty of U.S. Border Patrol Agents on the ground.
No More Deaths confronts this humanitarian catastrophe through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and consists of the following pillars:
• Direct aid that asserts the right to provide humanitarian assistance
• Witnessing and responding to violence, abuse, suffering and oppression
• Consciousness raising
• Global movement building
• Encouraging humane immigration policy
We have four active projects:
The We Reject Racism/Rechazamos El Racismo campaign by No More Deaths and Tierra Y Libertad Organization was launched in May 2010. Through the campaign, participants are building a network of people committed to anti-racism, resisting anti-immigrant practices like SB1070, and aiding our friends, neighbors, and each other in this time of many personal and political struggles.
No More Deaths has an ongoing humanitarian presence in the desert migration corridor south of Tucson, utilizing both a fixed base camp and intermittent mobile camps. Our efforts are concentrated in an area 5–20 miles from the international border, and focus on upholding the most fundamental human right—life itself—by providing basic humanitarian assistance to those in need.
Our work in México, centered around aid stations operated by local partners, directly addresses the needs of the large numbers of people ejected every day into the border cities and towns of Sonora, Mexico. Volunteers provide humanitarian assistance—including access to communication with family members, medical care, orientation, and recovery of confiscated belongings—and carefully document human rights violations.
No More Deaths volunteers are committed to bearing public witness to the injustices taking place on the border. As one corollary of that commitment, our documentation work with repatriated migrants has yielded two detailed reports; Crossing the Line: Human Rights Abuses of Migrants in Short-Term Custody on the Arizona/Sonora Border, published in September 2008, and A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse And Impunity In short-term U.S. Border Patrol Custody.