National Commission on Human Rights Public Service Announcements

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium supports the work of the National Commission on Human Rights (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos; CNDH)

The following videos are three of their Public Service Announcements (PSA).  One of the PSA’s discusses the importance of reporting human rights abuses to the CNDH if the abuse was perpetuated by a Mexican Government Agency. The other two videos discuss the significance and necessity of creating a “Plan of Action” in case of family separation (for example, when a family becomes separated due to deportation).

San Diegans Unite and Take Action on May Day!

SAN DIEGO- A broad coalition of San Diegans will rally and march in downtown San Diego and in the city of Vista in two separate, but coordinated events this Wednesday, May 1st. The May Day commemoration is part of an international day of action, with similar events taking place in other cities around the nation and throughout the world.“Workers are the foundation of all economic progress and their rights must be upheld,” states Genoveva Aguilar, organizer with SEIU-USWW. The call to action also comes at the heels of controversial immigration enforcement practices against unionized janitorial workers. An immigration audit by ICE may force over 500 janitors from their unionized jobs. On May Day many will march and stand in solidarity with these workers and their families.

PBS: The Undocumented By Marco Williams

PBS: Independent Lens Feature


Chronicling Arizona’s deadliest summer months, award-winning documentary and fiction film director Marco Williams (Banished, Two Towns of Jasper, In Search of Our Fathers) weaves Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one.

This is not a passive dialogue. The characters in The Undocumented don’t just talk about migrant deaths; they are immersed in it. They patrol the desert and rescue people from the brink of death. They discover piles of bones picked apart by wild animals. They wheel bodies in and out of refrigerated storage rooms and express their distress over a missing family member. And when the film arrives at the home of a migrant family in Mexico, that family is captured at the very apex of their grief.

In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented by Marco Williams reveals the ongoing impact of immigration laws and economic policies on the very people who continue to be affected by them. By going beyond politics, the film also tells a story that is deeply personal.

Q&A: Borders, not war zones

Pedro Rios explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous.


Demilitarizing the U.S.-Mexico border is a policy priority for AFSC. But what does it mean that the border is “militarized”?


The “militarization” of the border refers to the use of military-style enforcement tactics, equipment, and strategies to “control” the border as if it were a war zone. It has included an unprecedented increase in armed border agents along the U.S.-Mexico border (now at over 21,000 agents for just one agency—the U.S. Border Patrol—up from 11,684 in 2003); the use of drone planes, military helicopters, and occasional deployment of National Guard troops; and the coordination of local law enforcement with federal forces and dangerous vigilante groups.

These developments are raising concerns about the loss of protections to civil liberties and increasing cases of human rights violations. This has taken place throughout the U.S.-Mexico borderlands for decades, and that’s our main focus, but we’ve been hearing similar concerns from residents along the U.S.-Canada border in the past several years.

U.S. uses excessive force along Mexican border-U.N.

* Pillay says has received reports of “excessive force”


* Mexican teen shot dead recently when patrol fired across border


* Shootings occur on smuggling routes


By Stephanie Nebehay


GENEVA, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The United States has used excessive force against immigrants along the Mexican border and should cooperate in investigating border killings, including those of many young people, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday.


“There have been very many young people, teenagers, who have been killed at the border,” Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a news conference.


“The reports reaching me are that there has been excessive use of force by the U.S. border patrols while they are enforcing the immigration laws,” she added.