Scott Warren Wiki
Scott Warren is an Arizona activist who was arrested in 2018 on three felony charges, including conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants. Scott Warren of Ajo, Arizona, was arrested by US Border Patrol agents on January 17, 2018, along with two undocumented men: Kristian Perez-Villanueva of El Salvador and Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday of Honduras.
Trial of border-aid worker Scott Warren ends as jury unable to reach verdict https://t.co/M5VJQPKuOH
— Ana Maria Palos (@anamariapalos) June 12, 2019
Prosecutors charged Warren with three counts of harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. His trial began Wednesday at the US District Courthouse in Tucson.
Warren, a geography teacher and long-time volunteer with the humanitarian group No More Deaths, had been accused of conspiring to smuggle two men from Central America who crossed the border illegally in 2018 and sought refuge at one of the NGO’s bases.
— SpeedReads (@SpeedReads) June 12, 2019
Warren is a volunteer for No More Deaths – an aid group that leaves potentially life-saving supplies for migrants traversing Arizona’s desolate Sonoran Desert after they have crossed the US border from Mexico.
Scott Warren Age
Scott Warren is 36 years old.
Scott Warren Career
Scott Warren works as a college geography instructor, according to NPR. He volunteers with a faith-based Tuscon organization called No More Deaths or No Mas Muertes that leaves food and water for the migrants who cross the border in the Arizona desert.
Humanitarian aid is not a crime. Teacher Scott Warren faced 20 years in jail for helping 2 migrants. Case dismissed, but why did it take 12 hours to deliberate this frightening, authoritarian case? | Jury Dismissed in Border Aid Worker Trial | Fronteras https://t.co/euXpbTbxsH pic.twitter.com/XESTFhHIWU
— Ken Miller (@KennethEMiller) June 12, 2019
Scott Warren Arrested
The prosecution accused Warren of hiding two men for days at a property called The Barn in Ajo, Arizona. No More Deaths shares The Barn with other humanitarian organizations providing aid and search and rescue services to migrants on the border. If convicted, Warren would have faced up to 20 years in prison. Warren denies harboring the men, claiming instead that they went to The Barn for some food, water, and shelter when he happened to be there volunteering. He also testified that his faith compels him to offer aid to those who attempt the dangerous and often deadly crossing. The prosecution now has the option to request a new trial and select new jurors. There is also a chance that they might decide to drop the charges against Warren as a MoveOn.org petition signed by 137,000 people demands.
Al Jazeera reports that 3,000 migrants have died while crossing that stretch of the desert since 2000. Temperatures are frequently over 115 Fahrenheit.
Yesterday, Scott Warren’s trial ended in a mistrial. It’s an outrageous prosecution, & we should be ashamed of our government. Here’s the background. The video is especially worth your time. https://t.co/IGfsiou69t
— John Edwin Mason (@johnedwinmason) June 12, 2019
Scott Warren’No More Death Website’
Warren is a volunteer worker with No More Deaths, an Arizona-based humanitarian aid group that leaves supplies for migrants traversing Arizona’s desolate the Sonoran Desert
And Africans face malnourishment, lack of clean water, death squads Ebola, AIDS and malaria. How do we choose? Should immigration only be available to those in contiguous proximity, only to Latinos? #ScottWarren #IllegalImmigration #BorderCrisis #BorderControl
— Centaur (@Centaur1207) June 12, 2019
In a statement on the No More Deaths website, Warren claims to have noticed a shift in attitude from the Border Patrol agents he encounters while volunteering on the border. “‘“Glad you’re out here today,” I remember an agent telling me once. “People really need water.’” Warren recalls. However, he says that this close relationship between volunteers and Border Patrol has changed dramatically. He claims that in 2017 No More Deaths volunteers faced misdemeanor charges for the abandonment of property for leaving jugs of water in the desert for migrants. He believes that President Trump’s stance on immigration is behind much of the shift, going on to write, “The Trump administration’s policies — warehousing asylees, separating families, caging children — seek to impose hardship and cruelty. For this strategy to work, it must also stamp out kindness.”
Scott Warren fears for his Humanitarian work
Mistrial declared in the case of Arizona teacher and aid worker Scott Warren, who was facing charges for helping migrants who’d crossed the border in the US illegally. https://t.co/TdTv5sS2mR
— Tobyé (@Tobyeoff) June 12, 2019
Scott Warren fears his case may criminalize his humanitarian work. NPR reports that Texas woman Teresa Todd faces similar charges for stopping to help a group of migrants by the side of the road in February 2019. Warren worries that the final decision in his case could impact how Todd and other humanitarian workers like them are treated by our legal system. He has also expressed concern that criminalizing the kind of volunteer work he and others do along the border would lead to more deaths.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren, 36, of Ajo, Arizona, was arrested by US Border Patrol agents on January 17, 2018
- He was charged with harboring and conspiracy to transport illegal aliens
- Warren works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group that offers potentially life-saving supplies to migrants crossing the border
- Since 2001, more than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the border with Mexico in areas where temperatures can reach as high as 125 degrees
- Federal prosecutors say Warren let Kristian Perez-Villanueva of El Salvador and Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday of Honduras stay at NMD’s facility in January
- Warren’s defense attorney said he’s only guilty of being a ‘good Samaritan’