Goal: Ensure that asylum seekers at the Nogales, Sonora port of entry gain access to asylum system and that they have the necessary legal tools to represent themselves in their defensive asylum claim.
Last Monday, March 21, 2022, asylum seekers took to the streets of Nogales to protest against the second anniversary of Title 42 by reenacting Jesus' journey to the cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross in the Christian tradition. Migrants marched, sang and prayed as they drew parallels between Jesus' passion and death and asylum seekers' experiences of rejection, violence and death at the hands of U.S. and Mexican authorities.
Nearly 70 organizations, including Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, sent a letter to continue to demand a thorough and transparent investigation, justice and closure in the death of Carmelo Cruz Marcos (presente!), a 32-year-old father of three who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent on February 19, 2022 in the Douglas, Arizona area.
Aldemaro was born and raised in El Salvador. He immigrated to the United States in 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2017. The necessity to protect to immigrant’s rights was something he learned early in life. Growing up during the civil war in El Salvador, he witnessed the displacement of people fleeing from violence to find a safe livelihood. After the war, he had the opportunity to immigrate and eventually become a citizen of the United States of America. Aldemaro experienced first-hand the tedious legal process to become a citizen. He also understands the vulnerability immigrants face every day due to their legal status, and the lack of easily available pathways to become citizens and fully realize their human and civil rights.
Our attorney's Alba Jaramillo and Ella Rawls explain the importance of supporting access to asylum and advocating to end Title 42 and MPP (remain in Mexico) policies.
Support access to asylum, advocate for asylum, and let's end Title 42 and MPP together! With your support, our attorneys have provided free educational workshops and legal services to over 500 people. Help us continue our efforts for years to come with a recurring monthly or yearly donation to Arizona Justice for our Neighbors.
Written by Gabriela Rodríguez Clark, AZJFON Board member
The Day of the Dead represents a celebration of memory and a ritual that privileges the remembrance of those who have passed away, with the hope of seeing them again someday. This celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd since it is divided into categories: According to the calendar, November 1st corresponds to All Saints, a day dedicated to the "chiquitos" or children, and November 2nd to the “Fieles Difuntos”, that is, to the adults.
Tradition indicates that, to facilitate the return of the souls to earth, cempasúchil flower petals should be scattered and candles should be placed tracing the path they will travel so that these souls do not get lost and reach their destination.
Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors responds to the violence against Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas
Written by Ella Rawls, Legal Director
Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors strongly condemns the actions of Border Patrol in their unnecessarily violent and menacing behavior toward our Haitian migrant brothers and sisters in Del Rio, Texas.
This poem was written by Rev. Ash McEuen about his experiences on the AZJFON Border Tour in September.
A district court in California rules that "metering" at the border was a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Our Executive Director was interviewed and gives more information on this important decision.
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2021
Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors | Alba Jaramillo
Florence Project | Greer Millard
Kino Border Initiative | Joanna Williams
Community Services of Southern Arizona Casa Alitas | Teresa Cavendish
Arizona Organizations Supporting Migrants Respond to the Consortium Referral Process and the Restoration of Asylum at the Border