About the author
Sue Lefebvre is a native Arizonan and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has worked with the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission taking hundreds of students, parents, and teachers to visit Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and hosting their counterparts in Phoenix to facilitate cross-border understanding.
She supported her husband Gene in his work during the 1980s with the Sanctuary Movement in Southern Arizona. During that period Central Americans were fleeing death squads and other violence in their home countries and sought asylum in the United States. When eleven humanitarians were charged with transporting and harboring people running for their lives, Gene became president of the Arizona Sanctuary Defense Fund which raised $1.2 million to support their defense.
This book is about the humanitarian crisis in Southern Arizona since the passage of NAFTA in 1994. It is written from the perspective of Sue Lefebvre and her husband Gene, No More Deaths volunteers from its beginning in late 2003. As they worked each day, hiking in the desert, volunteering on the border, visiting migrant centers, emailing supporters, planning, attending meetings, fundraising, imagining effective strategies, many other people were doing the same things, but having entirely different day-to-day experiences. One of the significant challenges was working with government agencies that didn’t support volunteer efforts to prevent death and suffering of migrants.
No More Deaths is colored by personal histories, on-site experiences, insights, and biases. It is also colored by hopes and dreams for progress toward greater justice and equality as expressed by people of conscience, the goals of our faith communities, and the promises of the United States Constitution and the United Nations Declarations.
Sue is thankful for the voices of many volunteers who helped her tell this No More Deaths story.