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

 Ways You Can Help

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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 +20 March 2017 By admin in English, Humane Borders News

Connecting people with the resources to find their missing loved ones in Arizona

ABSTRACT: Undocumented Border Crosser (UBC) deaths in Arizona are a major issue faced by medicolegal authorities. Currently, the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner (MCOME) is in possession of over two hundred unidentified individuals, more than half of whom are presumed to be UBCs. The primary goal of this study was to address the
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Awareness of and Reaction to Immigrant Deaths on the U.S. Border

Read this recent study on Awareness of and Reaction to Immigrant Deaths on the U.S. Border by Professor Brad Jones of U.C. Davis. Download PDF on Awareness of and Reaction to Immigrant Deaths on the U.S. Border
Read more +09 March 2017 By admin in English, Humane Borders News

Documenting the Undocumented

The number of migrants crossing illegally from Mexico to the U.S. has declined dramatically. Yet the rugged borderlands of southern Arizona have become a death zone. PHOTOS BY TAYLOR JAMES. TEXT BY ADELHEID FISCHER. FEBRUARY 2017 Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies
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