Derechos Humanos is a grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status. Consequently, we fight the militarization of our southern border home and combat the discrimination and human rights abuses of both our citizen and non-citizen brothers and sisters.
Our goals include:
- •Strengthening the capacity of the border & urban communities to exercise their rights and participate in public policy decisions.
- •Increasing public awareness of the magnitude of human rights abuses, deaths and assaults at the border resulting from U.S. policy.
- •Seeking changes in government policies that result in human suffering because of the militarization of the U.S. border region
In the DHS fiscal year 2006-2007, the human remains of 183 men, women and childrend were recovered on the Arizona-Sonora border. Since the implementation of border policies in the mid-1990s, it is estimated that more than 5,000 migrants have died. Migrants have been driven into the desert as urban crossing points have been closed down, and border communities have suffered from the division and xenophobia that militarization has brought.
Immigration policy has been a total failure and must be changed. Instead of preventing people from attempting to cross the border, it has put the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in serious danger. Their deaths are the direct result of U.S. policy. Derechos Humanos calls upon all people of conscience to work together to demand change on the borders and in our local communities.