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UUSC Responds to Federal Decision to Retry Dr. Scott Warren

The No More Deaths activist's initial trial for helping migrants in the desert had ended in a hung jury

Media Contact:
Michael Givens, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, mgivens@uusc.org, 857-540-0617 (c)

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee CEO and President Rev. Mary Katherine Morn responds to the decision of federal prosecutors to re-try Dr. Scott Warren on two charges of harboring undocumented immigrants:

“The federal government shouldn’t have arrested Scott Warren in the first place, and prosecutors’ decision to put him on trial a second time is a travesty that highlights just how far the Trump administration is willing to go to punish migrants and those who provide them with life-saving assistance. A federal jury blocked the Trump administration’s first attempt to prosecute Scott for his work, and we hoped that the prosecutors would get the message and abandon their misguided effort to put Scott in prison. Instead, the administration has decided to try again, ensuring that Scott’s legal nightmare will continue. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, working with organizations like No More Deaths, will continue seeking justice for Scott—and for the thousands of migrants, including children, being held in inhumane conditions across the country.”