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Four women were convicted in federal court on Friday for charges related to leaving food and water for migrants that illegally cross into the United States.
The women — Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick — are all members of the humanitarian organization No More Death. The group is a faith-based organization that is “dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform,” the group’s website says.
Hoffman was convicted of operating a vehicle inside the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, leaving behind water jugs and cans of beans and entering the refuge without a permit. Holcomb, Huse and Orozco-McCormick were each convicted of abandoning personal property inside the refuge and entering without a permit.
The charges stem from an encounter that the women had within the Cabeza Prieta refuge with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer in August 2017. According to the Washington Post, the officer found Hoffman’s truck along with the water jugs, beans and other aid items stored inside. Hours later the officer located the women who admitted to leaving food and water in the refuge.
Most of the refuge is designated as wilderness and protected by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Those who wish to enter the refuge are required to sign an agreement in order to obtain a permit. In July 2017, a paragraph was added to include that those entering the refuge will not leave behind food, water or other supplies, Arizona Republic reported.
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