August Virtual Border Education Tour (4 sessions)
An Anti-Racism Workshop
Join us as we hear from our community partners:
All 4 sessions are scheduled to start at the same time. See time zone difference as follows:
1 pm - 2:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (Arizona Time)
2 pm- 3:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time
3 pm - 4:30 pm Central Daylight Time
4 pm - 5:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
A one-time $100 contribution to offset AZJFON Staff time investment would be welcome.
Session 1: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Cruzando Fronteras operates a huge shelter for asylum seekers in Nogales, Mexico. It is run jointly by the Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The presenters provide a first-hand view of their shelter and their clients as well as insight into the challenges that these people face as they decide their next steps.
Session 2: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Humane Borders has a 20 -year history of installing and maintaining water stations along migrant routes in remote areas of the Arizona desert. It was formed in 2000 at the First Christian Disciples of Christ Church in Tucson. They locate the water stations on public or private land with the full permission of the land owners. Volunteers travel on a regular basis to check on the water stations, monitor usage and refill the water barrels. They also work closely with the Pima County Medical Examiner and law enforcement agencies to record the exact locations and any known information about those who have died in the desert.
Session 3: Thursday, August 19, 2021
The Pima County Medical Examiner is responsible for examining the deaths of anyone who dies within three Arizona border counties who is determined to be someone crossing the border without documentation. This is the only area in the country where this work is done along a wide expanse of the U.S. - Mexico border. The Medical Examiner takes us through their work to attempt to determine identification and cause of death of each person. He discusses the unique challenges faced by his staff in this work and their efforts to provide information to family members of those who die.
4) Session 4: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Colibri Center for Human Rights works closely with the Pima County Medical Examiner, local and global partner organizations to help families learn what has happened to their loved ones who have disappeared during an attempt to enter the U.S. They work with networks of people who have lost family members in the desert to learn who is looking for their lost relatives. They also work with local partners to find clues that will help the locate the families of people who have died. Through the use of DNA testing and other means they have achieved an impressive track record in linking families with lost loved ones.