On Oct. 19, 2021 three ACLUs (New Mexico, Arizona, San Diego/Imperial Counties) presented an online panel discussion on the US/Mexico border militarization and the viewing of the border film “Undeterred” (filmed mostly in Arivaca, Arizona, but also Ajo, Arizona).

“Border residents and activists joined together this afternoon to talk about how we can resist militarization on the southern border. Watch the full event replay to learn how we can chart an approach that respects the rights and dignity of all people who live and travel through the border region.


Panelists • Eva Lewis, filmmaker • Zoila Y. Alvarez Hernández , Panel Facilitator, attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico • Yvette Borja, border litigation attorney at the ACLU of Arizona • Amber Ortega, member of the O’odham Anti-Border Collective • Mitra Ebadolahi, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties • Jorge Rodriguez, former ACLU-NM organizer, border resident, and current law school student • Jenn Budd, former Border Patrol agent and immigrant rights advocate

About Undeterred –Undeterred is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Obama and Trump administrations, border residents have been on the front-lines of the humanitarian crisis caused by increased border enforcement build up. Undeterred is an intimate and unique portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand our rights and to provide aid to injured, oft times dying people funneled across a wilderness desert. The film was made by Eva Lewis, a resident of Arivaca and long time member of People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP). Undeterred was created in close collaboration with the Arivaca community and members of PHP.”

Watch the one hour you tube video here:


To obtain the passcode to see the “Undeterred”  film on vimeo, write to communications@aclu-nm.org.