This week marks the second anniversary of the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. He was a long-time border resident who was beaten and killed by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.
AFSC was the first organization to assist his relatives, consoling them and lifting up the humanity of that tragedy just a few hours after the incident occurred.
Friends and family of Anastasio Hernandex Rojas march in San Diego. The sign reads Justice for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.
AFSC’s San Diego office and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) have been working together to hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable in cases where their violent actions have resulted in the loss of life. Over the last two years, SBCC has documented eight cases of U.S. Border Patrol brutality, including the beating and tasering of 42 year old Anastasio Hernandez Rojas – father of five children and 26 year resident of San Diego, CA – in May 2010. Anastasio would go on to die from his injuries after the assault near the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry in San Diego.
The US-Mexico Border Program in San Diego has been at the forefront of Project Voice, an AFSC initiative designed to strengthen the voices of immigrant-led organizations in setting the national agenda for immigration policy and immigrants' rights. Project Voice combines local and national organizing, education, and outreach campaigns to foster a fuller integration of immigrants and refugees in their new communities and to achieve a strategic impact on immigration policy in the United States.
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