Los Diablos Tourist Visas

$3,620 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 16 months
Fusion Story About Los Diablos 

The Los Diablos International Fire Crew is moving forward with a project to obtain tourist visas for crewmembers and we need your help to fund the logistics of the trip to make it happen. The Los Diablos International Fire Crew has been the primary resource to respond to wildland fires in Big Bend National Park since 1990. The crew has responded to wildland fires and natural disasters all over the United States as well. This includes some of the recent fires in 2016 in New Mexico and Southern California as well as Super Storm Sandy in New York in 2012. The crew consists of Mexican Nationals that live in the small communities of Boquillas, San Vicente, and Santa Elena on the south side of the Rio Grande. These firefighters are allowed to cross the border to work on wildland fires and other emergencies. Until this point they have not been able to obtain visas that allow them to take care of personal needs such as shopping and visiting family that live in the Unitied States. They currently are only allowed to work in the US but cannot cross the border for non-work related business. We want to change this. We currently have scheduled 10 visa appointments in Cuidad Juarez for March 1st and 2nd so these firefighters will be able request their tourist visas. This gofundme campaign is meant to help with the costs involved in traveling overland from these remote villages through Mexico to Cuidad Juarez. It will be an 18 hour trip on buses both ways and involve staying in a hotel in Cuidad Juarez for 3 nights. This fund will also help fund the 2nd group of 10 that we are hoping to send by April of 2017. Your support will allow these long time public servants to enter the US and take care basic needs such as obtaining food, fuel, and visiting loved ones. Your support will mean so much to these firefighters and their families and will help make the difficult and complicated process of obtaining their visas a little easier.
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Good news, group 2 had a 100% success rate as well in Juarez today. We have gone from 3 of 31 crew members to 23 that can cross into the US on their own! Your generous contributions were essential in making this happen. We will be working with the last 8 folks over the next few months to get everything in order for those that have interest to make one last run. Thanks again for your support!
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10 for 10!!! We had a 100% success rate today in Juarez. Thanks so much for your generous support. You made this possible. It's hard to explain how much this changes these guys lives for the better. Now on to the second group. We'll keep you posted.
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WOW!!! You all made it happen! In four days we have met our goal. The response has been humbling. We appreciate so much the support that has come flooding in. Because of your donations the hotels are booked, the bus schedules are set, and folks are already beginning to make their way towards Cuidad Juarez. The big herd will start moving early Monday morning. We'll be posting updates along the way of how the first group is doing. On behalf of Los Diablos queremos decirles muchisimas gracias por todo el apoyo que nos han mostrado. Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown us. It's appreciated and it's making a difference!!
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$3,620 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 16 months
Created February 20, 2017
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David Hooper
13 months ago

Thank you! Mucho gracias

Jessica Heavin
13 months ago

Miss you Richie!

Kory Nordeen
15 months ago

I've had the privilege of working with these guys the last two fire seasons. They are amazing firefighters and amazing people!

Cheryl Zinsmeyer
16 months ago

Proud to help.

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