VIOLENCE AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER:
On June 7, 2010, Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca was shot and killed by a US Border Patrol agent. Sergio Adrián, who was only 15-years-old when he was shot and killed by Jesus Mesa Jr, who fired his weapon from the US side of the border that separates Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas.
On November 12th, 2019, oral arguments for the case of Hernández v. Mesa case will be heard before the US Supreme Court. This case is important because of the legal precedent it will set in the determination of whether or not non-US citizens murdered by US state agents outside of the US are entitled to any form of legal redress. This includes the case of Mexican teenager, José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was shot sixteen times and killed in Nogales, Sonora, by US Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz on October 10, 2012 from the US in Nogales, Arizona. Like Mesa, Swartz has not faced any accountability. In addition, this case carries implications beyond the US-Mexico border with ramifications on the legal resources available to people directly affected, such as, but not limited to, victims of drones operated from within the United States. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT VICTIMS OF BORDER VIOLENCE:
As family members of Border Patrol victims and community organizers continue to demand justice, we need your help to hold US state agents accountable for their systematic abuse of power against our communities! The Justice for José Antonio Coalition is trying to facilitate a trip to DC for the families of Sergio Adrian and José Antonio so that they can attend the oral arguments in Hernández v. Mesa case in the Supreme Court. This includes Guadalupe Güereca (Sergio Adrian's mom) and Taide Zojo and Araceli Rodríguez (José Antonio's grandmother and mother respectively).
To make this trip possible, we need to raise $5,500 (see outline of the budget below). The funds will cover the cost of all air and ground transportation, food, lodging, in addition to Guadalupe’s visa and passport. Guadalupe, Taide, and Araceli will be accompanied by a member of the Justice for José Antonio Coalition with the support of organizations like Alliance for Global Justice, Border Patrol Victims Network, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Justice for Muslims Collective, Movimiento Cosecha, No More Deaths, SOA Watch, and SplitSeed Productions. Funds raised will not only help family members attend the hearing, but will also allow them to participate in speaking engagements on the East Coast from November 10th through November 18th. Any funds raised in excess of the budgeted amount will be split between Sergio Adrian’s family and José Antonio’s family. Budget
Visa and passport costs for Guadalupe (Sergio Adrián's mother): $900
Flights for 4 people to DC and one other East Coast city and back to Arizona: $1,800
Ground transportation, including roundtrip transportation between Mexico and Arizona (4 people for 9 days): $500
Lodging (4 people for 8 nights): $1,400
Meals (4 people for 9 days): $900
With your support, this delegation of family members will be able to create media attention for this emblematic case and to connect with other movements seeking to hold US Security Agents accountable for their crimes.TOGETHER WE CAN END BORDER VIOLENCE
Over the past 15 years, more than 100 people have been killed by US Border Patrol as a direct result of their excessive use of force. Not one agent has ever been held accountable. This systematic pattern of injustice guarantees impunity to US state agents for the criminalization and annihilation of people of color, indigenous, refugees and migrants, both inside and outside of the United States.
As other groups targeted by state actors, victims of Border Patrol Violence remind us that peace and healing are not possible without justice, and that justice is impossible without accountability which includes reparations for the victims, and guarantees of legal recourse for violence committed by US agents and targeted at communities outside of US borders. The victims of US-led and sanctioned state violence are counting on you to end these egregious patterns of violence and the structures that uphold them. HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Support the work of the Jose Antonio Coalition by giving generously. Every dollar counts! If you donate $100 or more, we will send you a print series of 3 images designed by a Tucson-based artist to support victims of US Border Patrol violence.
2. Share this fundraising campaign via email and social media with all your family and friends.
3. Spread the word about the Mesa v. Hernandez case to highlight and uplift the stories of victims of border violence using the hashtags #USMurderPatrol #JusticeForSergioAdrian #JusticeForJoseAntonio