The Growing Human Rights Crisis Along Washington’s Northern Border

May 20, 2012
Research & Reports

This report documents the findings from 109 on-the-ground interviews, observation, two hearings, and research in border communities, all conducted over a period of approximately one year. The report shares the stories of many of the workers we met, and the transformation of their communities in the wake of the post 9/11 buildup of U.S. Border Patrol activity in the area. The majority of stories are marked by fear, mistrust, harassment, and abuse. They are rooted in specific—and avoidable—patterns of practice implemented by the U.S. Border Patrol, working in close coordination with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies.