No More Deaths

No More Deaths is an advocacy group based in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona , United States That seeks to end The Deaths of migrants crossing the desert regions near the United States-Mexico border . Volunteers for the organization Provide food, water, and medical aid to the migrants in the desert and offer humanitarian aid to people in Mexico-have beens Who deported from the US.


No More Deaths Was founded in 2004 by area religious leaders , Including Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas , Presbyterian minister John Fife , and leaders of the local Jewish community. [1] The founders felt that there was a need for a constant presence on the border to help migrants and increasing numbers of immigrants . The Pima County Medical Examiner ‘s Office recovered the bodies of an average of 160 migrants per year between 2000 and 2005, up from 14 per year in the 1990s. [2] The founders of No More Deaths quote Operation Gatekeeperas a major cause of the spike in deaths. quote needed ]

The organization Was structured as an umbrella group to consolidate and expand upon the work already being white humanitarian aid provided by other groups like the Samaritans , Humane Borders, and various faith-based organisms. The Sonoran Sonoran Desert of Arizona, USA . In the summer of 2004, the group also set up camps called “Arks of the Covenant” to provide a permanent presence during the hottest months of summer. The camps are staffed with volunteers who are known to be used by migrants. [3]


Migrant centers

No More Deaths Volunteers Staff Migrant Centers in Northern Mexico to provide help to immigrants who have been deported or repatriated by the Border Patrol. The centers are located in Nogales and Agua Prieta , Sonora , just across the border from Nogales and Douglas, Arizona , respectively. Members of No More Deaths and the immigrant rights group Coalición de Derechos Humanos / Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras signed an “agreement of hospitality” with the Mexican government in July 2006 That Allows the groups to Provide aid to migrants on the Mexican side of the border. [4]

Compiling human rights violations

No More Deaths trains volunteers to document what they see as human rights violations by immigration officials. The group claims that it has often been migrated and has been denied food, water, and medical attention, and has suffered from physical , emotional , or sexual abuse . [5]

Prosecution of No More Death Volunteers

On July 9, 2005, Two More Deaths Volunteers, Daniel Strauss and Shanti Sellz, were arrested by a Border Patrol agent while transporting three immigrants from the Arivaca “Ark” to Tucson for medical attention. The migrants are allegedly suffering from severe thirst and vomiting. Sellz and Strauss were involved with transporting migrants and conspiring to transport migrants, both felonies under US federal law. If convicted, they would have faced up to 15 years in prison and a $ 500,000 fine . [6]Lawyers for the defendants argued that they were not transporting the immigrants “in furtherance” of their being in the country illegally, and therefore were not guilty of smuggling. US Magistrate Bernardo P. Velasco disagreed and refused to dismiss the case. [7]

No More Deaths with a campaign called “Humanitarian Aid is Never Crime” to raise awareness about the case and persuade Judge Raner Collins to overrule Velasco and drop all charges. They have distributed hundreds of bumper stickers and yard signs to supporters, and over 5,600 people (including the Episcopal Bishop of Arizona) signed a petition in support of the two humanitarian aid workers. [8]

Judge Collins dismissed all of the charges against Sellz and Strauss on September 1, 2006. The Judgment of the United States of America, The United States Border Patrol and No More Deaths. Judge Collins stated that “Sellz and Strauss had made an effort to ensure that their actions were lawful, and that” further prosecution would violate the Defendants’ due process rights. ” [9]

On April 22, 2007, Sellz and Strauss were awarded the Oscar Romero Award for Human Rights for their work with No More Deaths. The $ 20,000 award, presented by the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, is “presented periodically to persons or organizations who recognize themselves by their courage and integrity in defense of human rights.” $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 to the last $ 10,000 to No More Deaths. [10]

On September 3, 2010, Daniel Millis, the authoritative beliefs of Daniel Millis, was released by a 2-1 appeals court decision. [11] [12]


  1. Jump up^ “No More Deaths Homepage” . Retrieved 2007-03-22 .
  2. Jump up^ “A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: New Estimates of Deaths Among Unauthorized Immigrants” (PDF) . Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-23 . Retrieved 2010-03-24 .
  3. Jump up^ “History and Mission of No More Deaths” . Archived from the original on June 11, 2010 . Retrieved 2010-03-24 .
  4. Jump up^ “Mexico will let the Tucson-based groups to help migrants south of border” . Archived from the original on April 27, 2007 . Retrieved 2007-03-22 .
  5. Jump up^ “Abuse Documentation and Custody Standards” . Archived from the original on June 11, 2010 . Retrieved 2010-03-24 .
  6. Jump up^ “Background on Prosecution Daniel Strauss and Shanti Sellz” . Retrieved 2007-03-22 .
  7. Jump up^ “2 arrested for aiding migrants cleared” . Retrieved 2007-03-22 . dead link ]
  8. Jump up^ “Episcopal bishop join migrant-aid prosecution protest” . Archived from the original on February 14, 2007 . Retrieved 2007-03-22 .
  9. Jump up^ “Immigrant Rights Victory in Arizona” . Retrieved 2010-03-24 .
  10. Jump up^ The 2007 Oscar Romero Award
  11. Jump up^ Williams, Carol J. (3 September 2010). “Border activist’s littering belief is overturned” . Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 15 October 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DANIEL J. MILLIS” (pdf) . United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit .

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