Border Action Network is a human rights organization in border and immigrant communities. BAN's mission is to promote safety, equality, dignity, understanding and justice within the human environment and across cultures regardless of race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or country of origin.
2012 has brought major transitions to Border Action Network. This includes a new mission, vision, staff and direction for BAN's work. As a “Network” BAN believes profoundly that its work should be focused on creating ties with other organizations that share common goals. The Network is actively engaged in coalition building throughout our region. As an example, BAN has recently solidified an operational agreement with Humane Borders, an organization that provides humanitarian aid in Sonora, Mexico and our Arizona desert areas.
BAN “Educates.” For the last several months BAN has been involved in registering Latino Voters throughout Southern Arizona. The Network has been working with the Latino Policy Coalition and Mi Familia Vota to register the community and help them understand their rights in local, state and national elections. BAN continues to offer GED classes in Spanish and assist DREAMers in their applications and fundraising for their DACA.
BAN “Advocates.” The Policy Director is working with the Southern Borders Community Coalition (SBCC) to bring to light the human rights abuses suffered by immigrants along the four state southern borders. The work of the SBCC has been successful in facilitating Department of Justice investigations into Border Patrol abuses in their respective communities. He will also be monitoring the Arizona State Legislature each session.