Who We Are

We are Arivaca, Arizona residents providing crisis relief and working for border demilitarization.

Founded in 2012, People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP) is an all-volunteer community organization.  We work together for the protection of human life, regardless of immigration status. We organize to stop Border Patrol abuse and the militarization of the borderlands. Consider donating to support our efforts.

Border enforcement militarization indefinitely occupies our town. Immigration checkpoints on all major roads, helicopters flying low over our homes, and Border Patrol agents armed for war are all around us. Racial profiling, harassment, and intimidation by federal agents are part of our daily lives.

Arivaca is located in the eastern Sonoran Desert where the Border Patrol strategy of “Prevention Through Deterrence” pushes migrants and refugees into a deadly crossing. Our community lives in the midst of this crisis of disappearance in the borderlands.