On January 17, Scott Warren - a humanitarian aid provider from the group No More Deaths - and two individuals receiving humanitarian aid were arrested by US Border Patrol. Scott was preliminarily charged with felony harboring and could face five years in prison.
The arrests took place just 8 hours after No More Deaths released a video of Border Patrol agents destroying water gallons and aid supplies, and a report which concludes that Border Patrol plays a significant role in the destruction of humanitarian aid.
We need your support to fight these charges and resist the dangerous, divisive claim that sharing food and water with undocumented immigrants is a criminal offense.
In addition to these felony charges, Scott and 8 other No More Deaths volunteers face federal misdemeanor charges, including “abandonment of property,” for humanitarian aid in Arizona's West Desert. In 2017, the remains of 58 people who died crossing the border were found in this area - nearly half of all remains found in Arizona that year.
Nine volunteers are facing federal criminal charges for acting on the right of undocumented people to receive food, water, and medical assistance needed to save their lives. Government repression and targeting of aid workers with citizenship status is just the latest escalation in the longstanding crisis of of death and disappearances on the US-Mexico border and attacks on the lives of undocumented people.
Your contribution supports No More Deaths as we stand against those who would sever our communities with hate. No borders, no papers, no wall, should divide our communities, friendships, or homes.
Your tax-deductible donation will support the legal defense and support of these 9 volunteers facing criminal charges. The costs of fighting charges in federal court, even with pro bono representation, may be significant.
Our rough preliminary budget is as follows:
- $35,000 for advocacy and legal defense to all 9 defendants
- $10,000 for a travel fund for volunteers facing criminal charges
- $5,000 for costs related to advocacy and communication
Any funds raised in excess of this campaign's financial need will support No More Deaths' humanitarian efforts.
No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, is a volunteer humanitarian-aid organization that has worked in the Arizona borderlands since 2004. Our mission is to end death and suffering on the US–Mexico border.
Every year, volunteers put out more than 20,000 gallons of water on migrant trails, as well as assist recently deported people and migrants at shelters in Northern Mexico, offer free legal services through a Tucson clinic, and support borderlands community organizing efforts.
We welcome hundreds of volunteers every year. Find out more on our volunteer page.
We welcome donations by mail. Please make your check out to UUCT/No More Deaths and mail it to No More Deaths at PO Box 40782, Tucson, AZ 85717.
For more information on donating to No More Deaths or to contact our fundraising team, please click here.