Who We Are & What We Do

Humane Borders, motivated by faith and the universal need for kindness, maintains a system of water stations in the Sonoran Desert on routes used by migrants making the perilous journey here on foot. Our primary mission is to save desperate people from a horrible death by dehydration and exposure and to create a just and humane environment in the borderlands. We locate our water stations on government and privately owned land with permission from the landowners.

Founded in the summer of the year 2000, Humane Borders, Inc. is a non-profit corporation run almost exclusively by volunteers. Our focus is strictly humanitarian assistance. Donations to Humane Borders are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and we depend upon gifts from individuals and religious groups of all faiths to continue our work.

Over 3000 have died in the Arizona desert
since January of 1999

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Humane Borders operates on tax-deductible philanthropic contributions from organizations and people like you. Donate Here »

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Our water runs are regularly scheduled trips, leaving from Tucson, Phoenix, and Ajo to our water stations in the Sonoran Desert. Learn More »

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Read more +15 February 2018 By admin in English, Humane Borders News, Videos

Brightness of Noon Airs on ABC-TV this Sunday February 18th

This Sunday, February 18th, ABC will air a documentary on the border issue called “Brightness of Noon,” featuring our very own Stephen Lee Saltonstall! Check out a clip from it here, and watch the documentary at 9 AM Mountain Time this Sunday! Watch a Video Clip of Presentation
Read more +22 January 2018 By admin in English, Humane Borders News


For Immediate Release January 18, 2018 A lock was shot off of the Cemetery Hill Water Station and was discovered by Humane Borders volunteers on Sunday. According to Juanita Molina, the Executive Director of the Tucson-based humanitarian organization Humane Borders, vandalism of that organization’s water stations, designed to stop undocumented migrants from dying of thirst
Read more +18 January 2018 By admin in English, Humane Borders News


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January 27 @ 9:00 am Anyone who wants to help clean up Humane Border’s mile should meet in front of Humane Borders at 9 am Rancho Sierra Vista de Sasabe, the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance and Arizona Department of Transportation are at it again this year! Bring your sturdy shoes, gloves and your trusty trash-pickers