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 +06 June 2019 By admin in Central American Migration, English, Humane Borders News

The Desert Fountain – Humane Borders Newsletter May 2019

IN THIS ISSUE: From the Chair – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward Shelter Story – Helping at Migrant Shelters in Mexico Welcome New Board Members and Personnel Humane Borders 7th Annual Blessing of the Fleet A Paean to Truck 5 How Whispering Coyote Water Station Got Its Name READ THE MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER
Read more +03 June 2019 By admin in Central American Migration, English, Humane Borders News

1,600 Miles, 85 Hours A Migrant Family Takes a Greyhound Across America

By Miriam Jordan Photographs by Todd Heisler The New York Times May 26, 2019 DALLAS — By the time it pulled into Dallas, the bus from Arizona was two hours and 47 minutes late. It had left Phoenix overbooked, turned away passengers with tickets in Tucson, rolled through El Paso at 2 a.m. and finally
Read more +03 June 2019 By admin in Central American Migration, English, Humane Borders News

Reporting on the Retirees Making Migrants’ Journeys a Little Easier

By Miriam Jordan The New York Times May 29, 2019 Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. They descended silently from the unmarked immigration van that had pulled up outside the iconic Benedictine monastery in Tucson, which has been converted temporarily into