Defend humanitarian volunteers facing federal charges!

For: No More Deaths
Tucson, AZ
Organizer: No More Deaths Fundraising Team
Defend humanitarian volunteers facing federal charges! (No More Deaths)
of $50,000 goal
75% Complete
Raised by 522 donors

The Story

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.

Use of Funds

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.

Background on No More Deaths

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.

Other Ways to Contribute

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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 19, 2018

Posted on February 19, 2018

Thank you for pitching in so generously to our legal defense campaign! We have already raised 22% of our goal and hope to keep the momentum going this week. 

We also have an important update on the case. Last week, a grand jury indicted Scott with three felony charges:  two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The  maximum sentence for these charges is 20 years in prison. 

The new conspiracy charge is notable, as conspiracy charges have been used by the government to scare  and suppress social justice movements and target political dissidents. Scott's case holds critical weight as the Trump administration targets immigrant rights leaders and those who stand with them nationwide.

Please take a moment to share this campaign with your friends, family and community, if you haven't already. No More Deaths is committed to resisting this trend in enforcement and continuing our work of ending death and suffering in the borderlands, and we need your help to make it happen!

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