JENN BUDD was a senior patrol agent with the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego and an intelligence agent at San Diego Sector Headquarters. She worked there from 1995 to 2001. Since leaving the agency due to rampant corruption and the Border Patrol's culture of impunity, she has become an immigrant rights activist and says she has never seen anything as bad as what the organization is doing to immigrant women and children now. Jenn Budd is now widely considered a leading expert on Border Patrol. She regularly speaks on her time in the Patrol and today's immigration system as an ambassador for Define American and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) . The majority of articles written on the website of SBCC have her input in them whether cited or not, and she also spends most of her days writing and consulting for articles in New York Times and Washington Post, for programs of John Oliver and Samantha Bee, and for books and studies by Harvard and other universities. She can also be found in the halls of Congress speaking with members on humane immigration policies. Jenn Budd has been interviewed often on MSNBC (Ari Melber, AM Joy, Alex Witt, Chris Hayes) and on Alyssa Milano's podcast, Sorry Not Sorry , and also for articles in Newsweek Former Border Patrol Agent Says She Was Raped at Training Academy by Colleague, Border Patrol Knew About Harrowing 'Game of Smiles' Sexual Assault Claims and the New York Times Senior Border Patrol Agent Faces Charges of Sexually Assaulting Colleague, Inside the Border Patrol's Morale Crisis.
On Twitter, @BuddJenn has over 17,500 followers including AOC, Rick Wilson, Joaquin Castro, Veronica Escobar, Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin and more.
Jenn Budd is now writing a memoir, Untethered Soul, about her shocking experiences within US Border Patrol and about the institutionalized corruption, racism and violence that is destroying the soul of our country.This book forces us to ask ourselves what happens when we forsake our core values for security and when we don’t take a good look at the consequences of our own actions? In this one woman’s life (of running from one abusive family to a bigger abusive “family”) we see in sharper relief a moral crisis that started long before Trump and the 2016 election, and we feel the mixture of anger, horror, despair, and complicity that drove Jenn Budd to attempt suicide in February 2015. In surviving she found a new purpose as an immigrant rights activist and she also now uses her inside knowledge to advise and investigate for legal teams whose cases involve Border Patrol, including the recent case of humanitarian volunteer Scott Warren. This book also contributes important perspective to the conversation around broader themes such as women in law enforcement and the impact of the #MeToo movement.
Articles by Jenn Budd:
USA Today, (Dec 14, 2019)
USA Today, (Dec 17, 2019)
Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC):
Interviews with Jenn Budd:
Podcast, Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry (4 November 2019, 1 hr)
Richard Eskow: “The Zero Hour”
Podcast, Historic.ly (1 August 2019)