The predicament of workers crossing the US-Mexico border is a tale of suffering, human rights violation and death. A great number of undocumented refugees and immigrants trek thousands of miles and encounter various kinds of hardships. With such knowledge, the No More Deaths (No Más Muertes) group started programs meant to help immigrants and alleviate the pains of the inhuman experiences they face.
No More Deaths started back in 2004. Initially, the group was made up of faith-based groups that sought to stop the high number of immigrant’s deaths that were recorded in the desert.
It was also pushing for the enactment of faith-based principles and immigration reforms. Later, the group assumed an autonomous title but remained under the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Other than setting up water points along migration corridors, No More Deaths hinged its policy on the need to stop deaths through a civil avenue. It was committed to upholding fundamental human rights based on several pillars.
It championed the cause for extending humanitarian aid, documenting and responding to the affected immigrants, and creating awareness around their cause. Even though the group had run-ins with the relevant authorities, it continued to push for a compassionate immigration policy to be enacted. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
No More Deaths recruit volunteers who work all year round to ensure immigrants get food, water, blankets, first aid, and other useful supplies. Besides, it continues to fight for immigrants who face the brute force of policies and unbearable cross-border laws that create harsh migration experiences.
The volunteers help to document the predicament of immigrants held in border patrol custody and the entire immigration-detention system. The group also helps northbound immigrants with financial aid.
No More Deaths is a beneficiary of the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund that assists civil and immigrant groups that work to uphold fundamental human rights for minorities and opposed groups. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund came about in a rather controversial manner. In 2007, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested as ordered by the dreaded Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and they were locked up in different jails.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were accused of a revealing story that detailed how the sheriff and his cronies had abused the constitution. The story talked of subpoenas issued against the ‘Phoenix Times’ and the lawless acts perpetrated by Sheriff Arpaio.
The self-styled sheriff faced incriminating accusations ranging from racial profiling, financial mismanagement, mistreatment of detained immigrants and their illegal detention. After a lengthy court battle, Lacey and Larkin emerged victors, and they received a $3.7 million settlement.
They hence earmarked the compensation towards supporting groups such as No More Deaths that fight to restore dignity and human rights within and across borders.