The No More Deaths Abuse Documentation project seeks to stand in solidarity with people subjected to the violence of institutional racism and border militarization, of which systemic abuse at the hands of US immigration authorities, including the US Border Patrol, constitutes one part. Since 2006, while working to provide direct aid to people recently deported to Nogales, Sonora, No More Deaths volunteers began to hear about and document stories of abuses people endure while in short-term Border Patrol Custody. In September 2008, No More Deaths published Crossing the Line, which included 345 documented cases of abuse, as well as recommendations for clear, enforceable standards for Border Patrol with community oversight to ensure compliance. Since 2008, No More Deaths volunteers have continued to learn about and document these ongoing and systemic abuses, and since January 2010, we have been filing official complaints, for the cases we document, with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Department of Homeland Security.
For more information about the project, the Border Patrol Custody Standards Campaign website.
To get involved in No More Deaths, visit our volunteer page.
Frontera de Cristo is the Presbyterian Bi-National Border Ministry in Douglas, Arizona, USA and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. We seek to respond to the immigration crisis from a faith perspective. This includes advocacy work, through the US/Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force and other avenues, that works both on encouraging humane legislation and holding public agencies accountable to their policies. The Just Trade Center at Frontera de Cristo strives to address the root causes of immigration and supports the successful Café Justo cooperative coffee company, which has a roasting facility in Agua Prieta. Abuse documentation has been an important part of our response to this crisis; we support the work of the Migrant Resource Center, AP in recording stories of abuse suffered by migrants, and generating formal complaints to government agencies.