BNHR Statement for International Human Rights Day - December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013
A Vision of Human Rights for the Borderlands and the Promise for a Better America
El Paso, TX – Sixty five years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was made public. Its impacts have been global. Today, on December 10th, we commemorate Amnesty International USA Human Rights Day.
Here, in the Borderlands, we see both reasons to celebrate its impact and reasons to be challenged by the promise yet un-kept.
Border Network for Human Rights celebrates International Human Rights Day because we value the worldview that it provides the hundreds of member families in our community. This world view helps us visualize America’s potential.
Our communities imagine the Borderland giving the rest of our country an example of our rights being respected as universal and indivisible and where no community, ethnicity, or belief is sacrificed for the benefit of the other.
BNHR Expands Campaign to Document Abuse of Authority - December 10, 2013
December 6, 2013
Documentation Efforts will focus on Alleged Abuses Committed by Border Patrol, ICE, Customs, State Troopers, Police and Sheriff Departments of our Border Region
El Paso/Southern New Mexico – Dozens of trained community volunteer documenters have been taking to the streets throughout El Paso and Southern New Mexico documenting allegations of law enforcement abuse in our communities.
This Abuse Documentation Campaign asks people who allege civil and human rights violations by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to come forward.
“This is one of the best tools we have to identify patterns of abuse and to make our law enforcement institutions accountable to our communities. BNHR believes abuse documentation is a very important step towards systematic solutions to misconduct and mistreatment,” said Fernando Garcia, BNHR Executive Director.
UPDATE: BNHR will be announcing the results of this campaign on Wednesday, December 18, International Migrants Day outside the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office at 845 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88007.
To document any abuse by any of these agencies, people are suggested to contact any of our BNHR Coordinators from our El Paso office (915) 577-0724 or in New Mexico at (575) 882-1177.
Border Network for Human Rights Fundraising Campaign - November 21, 2013
65th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights
Thank you to all of your advocacy, work, and support for the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR)! As you well know the BNHR works consistently to educate and prevent human rights abuses within those disenfranchised poor communities throughout the regions, including the El Paso and Southern New Mexico border community, as well as to advocate and push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and sensible national border enforcement policies. We create various Human Rights committees throughout the region that is comprised of members and families from the area “colonias.” We aim to educate, empower, and more importantly build the consciousness of impacted and disenfranchised members to organize and take action!
Border Network for Human Rights works nationally in Washington DC and currently we have three office located in Far East El Paso, TX; Central El Paso, TX; and Southern, NM. We are currently fundraising to help contribute and sustain the great that the BNHR Directors, Coordinators, and Human Rights Promoters are doing within the community.
Please help contribute before the end of the year to the Border Network for Human Rights! This December 10th 2013 will be the 65th Year Anniversary since the UN Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.
This will be the 15th Year Anniversary of the Border Network for Human Rights and the 65th of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Please help contribute at least $15 or $65 and help in the advancement and promotion of Human and Constitutional Rights throughout the USA!
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Abuse Documentation Campaign 2013 - November 19, 2013
The BNHR kicked off its annual Abuse Documentation Campaign on November 18th. The campaign continues until Saturday, Nov. 23.
We have over 75 locations throughout El Paso County and Southern New Mexico where staff and volunteers are ready to document cases of abuse.
Through this campaign we hope to identify areas of concern within the community. A major emphasis is placed on migrant communities in the United States and preventing any abuse that may be occurring.
If you or anyone you know needs more information or has been abused by local police, Border Patrol, ICE, sheriff, state trooper, Customs (ports of entry) or other federal law enforcement agency please contact any of our area coordinators. They will direct you to your nearest location to document the abuse.
East El Paso
Miguel Miranda — (915) 256-3821
Central El Paso
Martina Morales — (915) 253-7412
Claudia Diaz — (575)520-8851
Las Cruces NM
Lourdes Vazquez — (915) 805-2698
Obama Administration Refuses to Stop Use of Lethal Force at the Border - November 5, 2013
Border Patrol Announcement to Ignore Recommended Changes to Stop Shooting Immigrants is Alarming and Disappointing
11/5/13 – El Paso TX – Southern New Mexico. Today’s decision of the Obama Administration to disregard and ignore the calls and recommendations to change Border Patrol’s protocols in the use of lethal force against unarmed immigrants and border residents is irresponsible and reprehensible.
The announcement of the Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher represents a major regression in the attempt to make border enforcement personnel accountable and opens the door for more incidents of institutional violence at the border and against immigrant families. (more…)
Day of the Dead Procession and Vigil at the Border - October 31, 2013
Remembering Migrant Deaths at the Border due to Failed Border and Immigration Policies
- Friday, November 1, 2013
- Starting at 4:00 pm at Delta Dr. and San Marcial
- Between Chamizal Park and Bowie High School
El Paso TX – Southern New Mexico – The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), a human rights organization in El Paso, TX and Southern New Mexico with more than 15 years organizing communities, will hold its 8th annual commemoration of the Day of the Dead, with a procession and vigil at the border, on November 1st.
On 2012, there were 477 deaths reported by Border Patrol. Since 1998 nearly 6,000 immigrants have died at the border desperately seeking to reunite with their family members. There are two main reasons why people keep dying at this high rate. The first is due to irresponsible and inhuman border operations like “Hold the Line” in El Paso and “Gatekeeper” in San Diego that aim to divert immigration flows to far, dangerous, and isolated areas of the US/Mexico border where immigrants in distress find no help. The second reason relates to the lack of accountability and transparency of the Border Patrol in the use of lethal force towards border crossers and residents. (more…)
Eight House Members Join Nearly 200 Pro-Immigrant Rights Leaders, Activists, and Allies in Civil Disobedience - October 9, 2013
Pro-Reform Movement Pledges Oct 5-8 Actions Are Only the Beginning of More Hard-Hitting Activities to Come to Get Congress to Pass Immigration Reform This Year
Washington, DC – Today, Latinos, immigrants, faith leaders, union activists, and other allies marched to the U.S. Capitol where nearly two hundred attendees blocked traffic and were arrested to protest the partisan gridlock in Congress. Tens of thousands called on Congress to get back to work and pass the lone bipartisan issue in America—immigration reform.
Among the arrestees included: Reps. Joe Crowley (NY), Keith Ellison (MN), Al Green (TX), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Luis Gutierrez (IL), John Lewis (GA), Charlie Rangel (NY), and Jan Schakowsky (IL), along with prominent national and local union leaders, dozens of impacted immigrants, and faith, immigrant rights, and community advocates.