Enrique is the founder of Border Angels, based in San Diego. It is an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. He has helped us on almost every step of this journey.
Sister organization to Border Angels, San Diego. Hugo is the Board Director and a long time migrant and human rights activist. He helps to lead efforts of protecting and housing Tijuana migrants.
John has dedicated life to health and human services in the Imperial Valley, southern CA and our country. He has a long history of involvement in countless organizations, including youth leadership, non-profits working with immigration deportation, the Mexican American Political Association, the California State Employees Association, and the California Chicano Advocates for Equality. Currently, he works with the senior citizen community, though his community based work extends to all demographics and generations.
We were lucky to meet Lisa early into our trip; together we participated in a water drop organized by Border Angles. Lisa feels deeply connected to the work this organization does in the California desert. She is the daughter of a woman who was deported three times and who on the fourth attempt successfully made the States her home. Her mom was the first in her family to cross the border, 40+ years ago, to give Lisa and her family a second chance at life. She believes it’s crucial that those of us with privilege stand up for others and do what we can to potentially save a life. Lisa, you’re an inspiration to us!
Rob is a PhD student at Prescott College in the Sustainability Education program. He focuses on ecology and biogeography in the Sky Islands Ecoregion of southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. He has been concerned for the effects of development and militarization of the borderlands for 20 years. Rob helped familiarize us with the logistics necessary to navigate southern AZ.
In 2014 Colin traveled the length of the Rio Grande River, 1900 miles, by boat and on foot. He is an environmental reporter, who for years has covered many environmental issues, and he was awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship at the University of Colorado to prepare for his source to sea trip. For the duration of his journey he had an up-close view of how changes to the Rio impact the people and places that depend on it. The Rio Grande is the US/Mexico boundary for the state of Texas and our route will overlap with much of his. He has been extremely helpful in our understanding of the human and physical geography of Texas.
In Arivaca, Arizona a number of residents are providing crisis-relief and working for border demilitarization. They belong to the community based organization, People Helping People. We were lucky to have many questions answered about the work they do and PHP provided a helpful correspondence as we worked our way through Arizona. Below is an interview with a PHP member, Leesa Jacobson in the Huffington Post.