This Is How We Decide Where to Leave Supplies for Travelers

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The only consistent pattern we’ve seen over the years is that the places people are crossing continue to become more remote and lethal. In the early days of No More Deaths, a day of water drops meant mostly driving, getting out and hiking less than a quarter mile to a trail. Now, many of our most used water drops are several miles of hiking and steep, scrambling climbs from the roads in some of the most desolate, least populated areas of the Sonoran Desert.

This shift is the intentional outcome of the Border Patrol enforcement strategy of Prevention Through Deterrence, which uses border infrastructure and policing strategies to funnel people into punishing terrain and weaponizes the desert against them. This practice has only succeeded in proliferating border deaths and disappearances and fueling informal economies of violence, converting the region into an increasingly deadly arena.

We call for an immediate end to the policies and practices responsible for the ongoing epidemic of deaths and disappearances in the US–Mexico borderlands.

No More Deaths aims to raise $250,000 to support another year of humanitarian aid. The crisis of death and disappearance at the border is immense, and No More Deaths hopes to mitigate some of this crisis by leaving water and food on trails, giving medical care and sleeping spaces at our remote aid camp, assisting in search and rescue efforts, providing legal aid to those in detention, and supporting migrants in northern Mexico.

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In gratitude and solidarity,

The No More Deaths/No Más Muertes community