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Three weeks ago, a 12-person jury in southern Arizona took only two hours to issue a not-guilty verdict in the case against our son, Dr. Scott Warren, who faced up to 10 years in jail for offering humanitarian aid to Jose and Kristian, two men from Central America. You can read more about the history of the case and the ramifications of the verdict here.
We are still reveling in a sense of jubilation and relief. We are also basking in the glow of love and support, including No More Deaths, Samaritans far and wide, faith leaders from across the country and of course all of you who signed our petition. Our family is moved and honored to have the support of so many.
The comments issued by the United States Attorney for Arizona after the trial underscore that the Trump administration will continue to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border with repression, fear and intimidation. The outpouring of support our family has received reminds us that decency and compassion are what link us as humans and citizens of the earth. We are profoundly grateful.
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HUMANITARIAN VOLUNTEER SCOTT WARREN REFLECTS ON THE BORDERLANDS AND TWO YEARS OF GOVERNMENT PERSECUTION
SCOTT WARREN HAS lived with a cloud hanging over his head for nearly two years. The 37-year-old geographer was arrested in January 2018, accused of giving two young men from Central America food, water, and a place to sleep over the course of three days. The pair had crossed one of the deadliest stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization.
They arrived at a humanitarian aid station in the unincorporated town of Ajo, Arizona, where Warren lives and works, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Warren welcomed them inside and examined the blisters on their feet. He told them that he could provide care, but he could not shield them from law enforcement. That was not his role.
Border Patrol agents descended days later. Warren was arrested along with the two young men. He was charged with two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy and faced up to 20 years in prison. The government's first attempt at locking him away ended in a mistrial over the summer. Federal prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office of Arizona decided to give it another try, dropping the conspiracy charge and focusing on the harboring counts. Their second attempt collapsed entirely on Wednesday, when after just two hours of deliberations a jury of Warren's peers returned a verdict of not guilty.