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Meet Fransico a young migrant only 24 from El Salvador who has been in detention at La Palma for the past 6 months. Here he has been seeking protection from prosecution in El Salvador by the violent gangs. Fransisco’s best friend died trying to flee the same gangs in El Salvador last year in the hot AZ desert.

We are joining forces as a community to help Francisco get out of detention by assisting him with his newly given bond of $7,000.  This young man has a heart of pure kindness and as Salvavision Rescue has been with him through his entire journey of trying to get asylum, we are here with him while he waits for his asylum case to be heard and to be able to be free and start a new life.

With the help of other organizations such as No More Deaths,Keeping Tucson Together and the  Samaritans we will rally together to help Fransicio make his bond. 

We appreciate you and please donate what you can- anything helps. We can’t thank our community and donors for your continuous generosity. Please share with your own communities and help Francisco find freedom and safety. 

Once Fransicso is out on bond, Salvavision Rescue will be working with him to find a host family while he waits for his court hearing. Please visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about our mission and programs and other ways you can help our fellow migrant brothers and sisters. 

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El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

Los Amuletos Migran (The Amulets Migrate), 2019

Listen to migrants’ rights advocate Dora Rodriguez’s story of crossing the US-Mexico border in 1980 and the context and meaning she gives to Tom Kiefer’s collection of items that were taken from migrants at the border.

About the Exhibition

How we treat the most vulnerable—including migrants seeking a better life—defines our character as a nation. Drawn from the photographic series of the same name, El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer asks us to consider how we treat migrants as a reflection of who we are and who we want to be as Americans. Responding to the dehumanizing treatment migrants face in detention, Kiefer carefully arranged and photographed objects seized and discarded by border officials—objects deemed “potentially lethal” or “non-essential” among a variety of belongings crucial for sustenance, hygiene, protection, comfort, and emotional strength.

Kiefer found these items in the garbage while working as a janitor at a Customs and Border Protection station in Ajo, Arizona from 2003 through 2014. While obtaining permission to donate discarded food items to a local pantry, Kiefer noticed the deeply personal items he also found discarded each day: letters, clothing, toys, medications and toiletries. Moved by the untold stories these objects embody, Kiefer commemorates them in photographs akin to portraits, salvaging and preserving traces of human journeys cut short. 

El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer presents a selection of more than one hundred photographs from Kiefer’s ongoing project, along with newly recorded video interviews with the artist and with migrants who have themselves crossed the border. Additional interpretation will outline the history of restrictive immigration policies in the United States and connect visitors with organizations involved in legal and humanitarian aid and advocacy.

Blending documentary and fine art photography, Kiefer’s images are a poignant testament to the hardships of migration and a call to return to human decency in how we treat each other.

Los Amuletos Migran (The Amulets Migrate), 2019Listen to migrants’ rights advocate Dora Rodriguez’s story of crossing the US-Mexico border in 1980 and the context and meaning she gives to Tom Kiefer’s collection of items that were taken from migrants at the border.