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No More Deaths

No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona. It began in 2004 as a coalition of community and faith groups dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform.

No More Deaths has developed into an autonomous project, and since 2008, has been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.

No More Deaths has faced retaliation and criminalization from U.S. authorities for its work providing life-saving aid to migrants in the borderlands. In the summer of 2017, U.S. Border Patrol raided a No More Deaths humanitarian aid camp in the Arizona desert and arrested four patients who were receiving medical care.

In January 2018, No More Deaths issued a report, researched and published with UUSC’s support, that documented Border Patrol’s systematic interference with humanitarian aid in the border region. Hours after the report’s release, Border Patrol arrested a No More Deaths volunteer aid worker on felony “harboring” charges for giving food and water to two undocumented immigrants. The case is ongoing.

With UUSC’s support, No More Deaths seeks to expose militant, anti-humanitarian border enforcement policies and practices that have created a crisis of migrant deaths in the desert, with the specific aim of refuting recent Border Patrol re-branding as a humanitarian agency.

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