On Saturday, October 20, 2012, West Cosgrove the Director of Education for the Kino Border Initiative was recognized in El Paso, Texas for his years of dedication and of work along the U.S./Mexico border . He was presented with the “Border Hero” award by the organization Las Americas.
West has been a border activist for the past seventeen years. He is the founder of Project Puente and Casa Puente. West has been involved in numerous community activities along the borderland, but most recently organized We the Border: Envisioning a Narrative for Our Future in conjunction with Border Network for Human Rights. West recently moved to the Nogales, AZ-Nogales, Sonora border to work with the Kino Border Initiative.