Human Rights in Border Conservation: Access to Water at Cabeza Prieta



Over 3000 people are estimated to have died while crossing the border in the Sonoran Desert region since the late 1990s ( This chapter looks at the challenge of protecting human rights in protected border areas. There is an interesting disparity in the case of Cabeza Prieta: supplemental water is provided for wildlife, but not for humans. Humanitarian aid groups must work within wilderness regulations, which can present a challenge to providing life-saving water to undocumented border-crossers. I conclude the chapter with a discussion of the language used to describe undocumented immigrants. I argue that language can affect perceptions of undocumented immigrants, ultimately dehumanizing border-crossers.


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  1. 1.School of Public Service, Global Studies and Environmental StudiesBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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