End Harassment of Aid Workers at Migrant Shelter

Target: Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, Sonora State Governor

Goal: Protect aid workers and activists at Mexican migrant shelter threatened by violence and vandalism.

A soup kitchen and refuge for migrants run by a non-governmental organization in Nogales, Mexico, has been the victim of vandalism, theft, and threats. So far the government has not responded or offered protection to the aid workers or the migrants they shelter. Sign the petition and demand that authorities help put an end to the harassment of aid workers and migrants.

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) operates shelters in Nogales on both the Mexican and American sides of the border. The organization offers food and shelter to migrants, as well as provides them with resources for seeking legal status in the United States. It also assists newly-deported migrants and advocates for the victims of crimes–migrants are incredibly vulnerable to abuse, extortion, and sexual violence.

KBI has faced a string of disturbing incidents lately. First, its facilities were vandalized. The vandals destroyed furniture, food, and medicine. After that, a staff member who reported the break-in had her laptop and other electronics stolen from her car immediately after she finished speaking with police. Another staff member received death threats by phone.

Authorities in Mexico have been slow to investigate reports like these—if they investigate at all. Sign the petition and demand that Mexican law enforcement follow up on these serious complaints and bring those responsible to justice, while offering aid workers and migrants protection in accordance with their wishes.


Dear Governor,

I am writing to demand an investigation into the recent string of vandalism, thefts, and threats that have been directed at the workers of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales. They have been targeted as a result of their human rights work and must be offered protection.

The KBI offers shelter and resources to migrants who are attempting to cross the border into the United States. It has recently been the target of harassment, as vandals broke into the building and damaged furniture, food, and medicine. When a staff member reported the break-in to police, she found moments later that her laptop and other electronics had been stolen from her car. Another staff member received death threats via phone.

KBI offers valuable human rights aid to vulnerable people, and its staff must be allowed to carry out their work free of threats and harassment. I demand a full and impartial investigation into this campaign of harassment against KBI, and I urge you to provide the shelter and its workers with protection in accordance with their wishes.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

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