The reports confirm that the migrants crossing the Southwest border have reduced drastically in the recent years, but the number of deaths is shooting up. A recent report by azcentral.com confirms that more people are found to be trapped by the extreme climate of Arizona’s west desert – the deadliest crossing zone.
As of June, the patrol team has recovered 81 skeletal remains from southern Arizona in the year 2017. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
This is significantly high considering the data of the same period last year. It should be noted that the incidents of breaching the border this year have significantly reduced, per the Chelsea Halstead, the program manager of Colibri Center for Human Rights – a Tucson-based non-profit helping to identify the remains of migrants trapped in the desert.
Considering the alarming situation, No More Deaths, Aguilas del Desierto Inc, and Angeles del Desierto conducted extensive searches in the west desert this year. All the three organizations are humanitarian non-profit groups.
The Aguilas group alone has recovered 22 remains this year, and it conducts search missions in every two to three weeks in the west desert, confirmed the vice president of the group, Jose Genis Gonzalez. The group also posted images and videos of remains in social media including its official Facebook page to identify them. It is reported that the scorching summer is trapping the migrants as the temperature rises above 100 degrees most of the days.
People cross the borders across the world due to various reasons such as to escape from violence, poverty, exploitation, war, and for a better living. Alarmingly, most of them face inhuman treatments and exploitation from the locals. The migrants hardly get a chance to earn a fair wage, quality life, good schooling for their children, healthcare, and more.
Many international organizations are working for them to assist and guard them against the exploitation, legal issues, and to offer healthcare, legal aid, and more. Some of those organizations are National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Nationwide Immigrant Rights Organizations, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and more. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
Apart from international organizations, even initiatives by individuals, such as Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, offers effective solutions to various issues of migrants. It is a fund set up by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the founders of Phoenix New Times, to support various migrant rights organizations across Arizona.
Interestingly, they were using the settlement amount of $3.75 million received for challenging their illegal arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff. It was on October 18, 2007, both of them arrested in the midnight for publishing a grand jury procedure of asking reporters’ notes featuring the Sherriff.
Alarmingly, the grand jury even demanded the personal data of online readers of those news articles. Considering their decades of experience in resisting various First Amendment rights violations, both Lacey and Larkin sued the county in the U.S. Court of Appeals and got the acquittal along with settlement amount.
The journalists used the amount to set up Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund that supports various human, civil, and migrant rights groups in Arizona along with ensuring civic participation and freedom of speech.