August 17, 2023

On August 17, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI), recounted that a migrant family was separated by Border Patrol and required to sign a voluntary return document.

“Patricia*[name changed to protect privacy], her 18-year-old son, her daughter-in-law, and grandchildren are fleeing threats in Mexico. When BP encountered them, they separated Patricia [name changed to protect privacy] from her son, as well as from her daughter in law and grandchildren. The agents didn’t ask any questions; they said they had to sign their voluntary return if they would receive jail time as punishment. Patricia asked if they would return her at the same time as her son because he is only 18. The agents said they would, but soon, she saw her son lining up with other men. BP returned her son at 8 pm to Nogales and returned her until the following day.”

Kino Border Initiative. 2022. “Congressional Year End Report 2023.” Https://Www.Kinoborderinitiative.Org/Annual-Report/. Kino Border Initiative. https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Congressional-Year-End-Report-2023_.pdf

Sector(s): Border Patrol

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Compelling Signature of English-Language Documents, Family Separation

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Mexico