BNHR Holds Annual General Assembly

On Jan. 25, 350 delegates for organizations that make up Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) gathered at the annual BNHR General Assembly in Canutillo, Texas. 

The gathering highlighted some of BNHR’s biggest accomplishments of 2019 including the airing of a Netflix documentary about BNHR’s Hugs Not Walls event, a winning lawsuit against the construction of the border wall, and the successful advocacy for border accountability and human rights legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Looking ahead at this year, participants voted unanimously to focus on immigration reform and the defense and promotion of civil and constitutional rights at the border as its top priorities.

Nine board members were elected to serve BNHR for the fiscal year 2020, and over 20 delegates came forward to comment on the extraordinary leadership of executive director Fernando Garcia. The assembly, made up of 33 human rights committees, unanimously gave their vote of confidence to the continued leadership of Garcia. 

Special guests and witnesses of the General Assembly included Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez; Lorena Andrade, director of La Mujer Obrera; Guillermo Glenn of the Asociación de Trabajadores Fronterizos and Familias Unidas del Chamizal; Carlos Marentes, founder of the Sin Fronteras Organizing Project and executive director of the Border Farm Workers Center, as well as several other BNHR members and board members. 

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