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USHRN applauds the human rights victory at the border: Tucson jury fails to indict activist and humanitarian aid provider Scott Warren

Jun 13, 2019

PHOENIX - Following the jury’s failure to indict No More Deaths/No Más Muertes co-founder and volunteer Scott Warren in the federal case against him, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

The US Human Rights Network stands in solidarity with human rights defender and humanitarian aid provider Scott Warren. The failure to indict Mr. Warren on the felony charges of conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants and harboring undocumented immigrants is a human rights victory.

The Network strongly condemns the charges against Mr. Warren and the federal government’s move towards criminalizing humanitarian aid and activism. USHRN opposes the 2017 federal directive that instructed prosecutors to prioritize the enforcement of laws against harboring undocumented migrants — a directive that has led to a steep increase in charges against volunteers like Scott Warren who provide humanitarian aid to migrants.

It is our view that Mr. Warren and No More Deaths/No Más Muertes provide vital humanitarian aid to those in need, in an attempt to protect the human rights and dignity of undocumented migrants. USHRN supports the ongoing work of No More Deaths/No Más Muertes to provide humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the desert in the form of food, water, blankets, and first aid. Providing humanitarian aid is not a crime, but is rather an act of compassion and a recognition of human dignity.

The federal case against Mr. Warren resulted in a hung jury, with a majority of jury members ruling against his prosecution. This is a clear demonstration that the American people believe in the human rights and dignity for all, regardless of immigration status. We will continue to support Mr. Warren and No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, and to advocate for the human rights of migrants and refugees entering the US.  

Related Links:

Statements from Scott Warren and his defense lawyer Greg Kuykendall

OHCHR Statement: UN experts urge US authorities to drop charges against aid worker Scott Warren