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'Criminalizing Compassion': Trial Begins for Humanitarian Facing 20 Years in Prison for Giving Water to Arizona Migrants

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Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor from Ajo, Arizona, volunteers for No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson; arrested by Border Patrol agents in 2017, facing 3 felony counts for providing food, water, clean clothes, and beds to two migrants. The charges against Warren 'are an unjust criminalization of direct humanitarian assistance' and 'appear to constitute a politically motivated violation of his protected rights as a Human Rights Defender,' Amnesty International's Americas regional director Erika Guevara-Rosas wrote. 'Providing humanitarian aid is never a crime. If Dr. Warren were convicted and imprisoned on these absurd charges, he would be a prisoner of conscience, detained for his volunteer activities motivated by humanitarian principles and his religious beliefs.'

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