The Battalion name was chosen to honor the St Patrick’s Battalion: a group of Irish immigrants serving in the US military in the 1800’s. They defected and joined the Mexican forces after witnessing atrocities committed by the US military and suffering horrible abuses at the hands of their superiors.
The Battalion Search and Rescue is an Arizona-based search and rescue organization focusing on lost and missing migrants. We are a self trained community-based group that reaches remote areas of the Arizona desert every month. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, but have the same mission: to save lives and provide closure for families and loved ones.
2020 was the deadliest year for migrants in the state of Arizona. Extreme conditions range from freezing to over 120° fahrenheit. Our searches average ten miles per day over rugged terrain.
The Battalion focuses on finding people in distress while diligently searching for the remains of the fallen. We are in a race against time as the Sonoran desert is extremely efficient at removing any trace of human life. The sooner these individuals are found the better the chance for identification, family reunification, and proper burial.
We welcome any serious inquiries and interest in this severely underreported humanitarian crisis. Thank you for your time and consideration.