Humanitarian Volunteer Provided Food & Water To Migrants In Arizona And Now Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison


Democracy Now! (5/29/19)

An Arizona humanitarian aid volunteer goes to trial today [5/29] for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. If convicted, Scott Warren could spend up to 20 years in prison. Warren, an activist with the Tucson-based No More Deaths, is charged with three felony counts of allegedly “harboring” undocumented immigrants.

For years, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups in southern Arizona have left water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert, where the temperature often reaches three digits during summer, to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. Warren was arrested on January 17, 2018, just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing how U.S. Border Patrol agents had intentionally destroyed more than 3,000 gallons of water left out for migrants crossing the border. The group also published a video showing border agents dumping out jugs of water in the desert. Hours after the report was published, authorities raided the Barn, a No More Deaths aid camp in Ajo, where they found two migrants who had sought temporary refuge.

We speak with Scott Warren and his fellow No More Deaths volunteer and activist Catherine Gaffney in Tucson.

Link to Story, Transcript and 24-Minute Video


Part Two: Scott Warren & Catherine Gaffney on How Humanitarian Aid Is Criminalized Near Border

Democracy Now! (5/29/19)

Web-only conversation with Scott Warren and Catherine Gaffney of No More Deaths. Warren heads to trial today in Tucson, Arizona, for providing food, water and shelter to two undocumented migrants. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Amnesty International has called for the charges to be dropped.

Link to Story, Transcript and 16+-Minute Video


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