WHERE: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85716
WHEN: May 15th, 2013 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
May 15th is “International Day of Families”, a UN sponsored event. To bring awareness to this day, Border Action Network and The Loft Cinema would like to invite you to attend this special presentation of the film “Shattered”, presented by the Latino Policy Coalition. The film will screen at 7PM at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85716. Admission is $7 for the general public and $6 for Loft Cinema members.
The film Shattered is the dramatic story of a young mother and her two children, caught up in the mass separation of tens of thousands of American born children from their deported parents. Shattered embodies what more than 46,000 families endured when parents were part of massive ICE detentions and deportations in the United States, within the first six months of 2011 alone.
During these sweeps many parents were unable to claim or make arrangements for their children to be returned to them, or to be cared for by close family members. Numerous children are permanently being separated from their parents’ love, by federally-funded county agencies that have inadequate or non-existent practices and policies, to address the distinctive circumstances that undocumented immigrant parents in detention or deportation proceedings face.
Currently, there is no national reunification registry of these children, and their current location, to assist these parents seeking to reunite with their children.
We hope this special screening will help shed light on the importance of family reunification and bring it into the Comprehensive Immigration Reform debate.
A panel discussion and Q & A will follow this film.
Jaime Gonzales, Filmmaker Jim Gonzales chairman of the Latino Policy Coalition Mo Goldman, Immigration Attorney Juanita Molina. BAN and Humane Borders ED Josue Saldivar, DACA recipient Laurie Melrood, community educator on families separated by ICE detention and deportation and a community member.
Tucson, AZ - The International OpenGIS Initiative for Missing and Deceased Migrants is an ongoing, multi-year partnership of the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (Pima County OME), andHumane Borders, Inc. Although each organization operates with a distinct mission, both are committed to the common vision of raising awareness about migrant deaths and lessening the suffering of families by helping to provide closure through the identification of the deceased and the return of remains. Because deaths in the desert continue, this software will be updated. This website is a result of our common vision and partnership. Its purpose is to provide geographic information systems-based tools that use publicly available information to grant access to high quality, frequently updated, and downloadable spatial data regarding migrant deaths. Customizable search tools available through our menu options will allow any user to query data concerning migrant deaths, view the data using on-line maps and tables and download the data for further use.
Website URL: www.humaneborders.info Along with heightened public awareness, law or border enforcement officials will be better able to determine trafficking or death patterns from the map, while groups such as Humane Borders can use the site in determining where to best locate water stations.
Archeologist John Chamblee PH.D., is the Research Chair for Humane Borders.
As Immigration Awareness Month draws to a close, Border Action Network has some thoughts we’d like to share with you. We have all witnessed the tragedy in Boston and our hearts go out to the city and the families affected by this tragic situation. We have also witnessed the birth of an Immigration Reform bill and sadly have seen those against reform attempt to tie it to the Boston crimes. Those that want to derail immigration reform will stop at nothing to reverse the movement. Please support reform by contacting your Senators and Congressional Representatives, let them know the American people do not want this process abandoned.
Last week BAN held a pressconference to respond to the bill presented by the Senate “Gang of Eight”. There are many things we agree with in the bill and many things we do not. As the bill progresses, we will share with you some of our thoughts on points in the proposal. Today, we post comments regarding the “Border Security” provisions from Executive Director of Border Action Network and Humane Borders, Juanita Molina: “More and more people are dying on the border already, even though immigration is down.This is a very heavy-handed response to economic migrants, and not proportionate to the risk they pose; the risk is from drug cartels, and that’s where the focus should be.”
Watch BAN's press conference below:
April 14th, Joel Smith of Humane Borders saw these vandalized water jugs on Ruby Road. When he stopped to examine them, he saw a body lying across the road, Joel went to check on the man and found he was still alive. The distressed man was from El Salvador and he asked Joel to call the Border Patrol, he said wanted to go home.
These situations are happening too frequently. Humanitarians are encountering more migrants that are dead or near death from their attempt to cross the desert and they are finding vandalism of water drops that are only meant to save human lives. In our efforts to secure our border, there is a human toll that must be addressed with compassion. Humane Borders and Border Action Network want humane solutions to be included in the immigration reform debate.
Links to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's hearings on The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
The Abuse Documentation Working Group of No More Deaths is looking for two summer interns to help with a new research project that will be followed by an advocacy campaign. The focus of the project is to document the myriad of ways in which people who have been deported to Mexico have had money lost or stolen within the immigration detention system. For example, if someone is detained crossing the border, their money in dollars goes into an account (that often they are never able to access again) or money in pesos, if they don’t get their belongings back in time, is “destroyed”.
Our goal is to systematically document all of the ways that immigrants’ money is taken in the detention process, estimate just how much money is being taken and where it is going, campaign for policy changes to enable them to keep their own resources, and develop tools for helping people access their own money again after being deported without it.
Interns will spend 2 days a week in Mexico at the border providing support services to people who have been deported and conducting interviews about experiences with lost or stolen money. Other activities will include background research on governmental and private detention facilities, data management, and helping with writing for the report. The position is primarily based in Tucson, AZ with weekly travel to Nogales, Sonora.
Ability to dedicate at least 20 hours a week
Spanish Conversational Fluency
Experienced working with immigration or detention issues
Experience with interviewing/surveys
Someone with their own vehicle
Previous experience with No More Deaths
Appropriate for either graduate or undergraduate students (work will be adapted based on skills), or non-students.
We are a volunteer-run organization and unable to pay a stipend, however free housing will be provided if needed, and transportation expenses reimbursed. Some help with food may also be available if needed.
Please send a cover letter and a resume to Hannah Hafter,
, Abuse Documentation and Advocacy Coordinator, by April 21st. Interviews and selection will take place within the following week.