4 No More Deaths workers were convicted of leaving food and water for migrants in an AZ wildlife refuge (water jugs, beans and supplies) in Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge where 155 migrants have died since 2001; NMD aims to prevent future deaths.
Judge Velasco ruled that 3 volunteers (Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick) were guilty of entering the refuge without permit and abandoning property. A 4th volunteer, Natalie Hoffman, was convicted on an additional charge of operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area. Each of the volunteers faces up to 6 months in prison.
Catherine Gaffney: 'These volunteers were driven by moral principles. This verdict challenges not only No More Deaths volunteers, but people of conscience throughout the country. If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?”