Eddie and I have been privileged to work with Genevieve from No More Deaths (NMD) in Arizona to learn the tools and systems that NMD have in place to assist with search and rescue as well as search and recovery. Genevieve is here in our office at the South Texas Human Rights Center for a few days using our cases to introduce us to their process. The willingness to share freely what NMD has learned through years of hard work and revision is amazing! (NMD has been in existence for ten years and has hundreds of full and part-time volunteers and many programs. Their website is: www.NoMoreDeaths.org).
Besides having an intake form on a missing person which consists of the story in words, Genevieve draws a picture of the details. It is like a story map. By using google maps, an attempt is made to connect the dots in order to give a more probable educated guess on the actual path taken through the desert wilderness. Zeroing in on the location of a person is important before sending out a team from the sherrif’s office or border patrol because of the need for permission to search on private ranch land.
Genevieve made an interesting observation that helped me to visualize the situation along the border. There are four border states: CA, AZ, NM and TX (moving from west to east). A person crossing in CA has the best chance of living through the event and the best chance of getting caught in the process. A person crossing in AZ has a 50-50 chance of living through the event and of being caught. A person crossing in TX (particularly the further west one goes) has a high likelihood of dying and the best chance of not getting caught. Recent months have seen the shift of movement to the east leading to more deaths.
1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.