THE MISSING MIGRANT PROJECT

We help identify human remains on the US-Mexico border through comprehensive forensic research and reliable data on missing persons.

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Report a Missing
Border Crosser

REPORTE UNA PERSONA DESAPARECIDA AL CRUZAR LA FRONTERA. This page will allow you to file a missing person report with the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. All information collected in this form is confidential and all precaution will be taken to maintain your privacy. Colibrí will not release names, phone numbers, or identifiable information to outside agencies without your permission. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is not a law enforcement entity. We collect information only to assist families searching for a missing loved one.

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    Echoing Green

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    Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

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    Marc Silver

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    Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

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    University of Arizona – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    Ford Foundation

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    Injected Media

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    WOLA

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    University of Arizona – The School of Anthropology

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WHO IS
DAYANI CRISTAL?

The Co-Founder of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, Robin Reineke, is featured in a new film, which examines the story of a migrant who died in the Arizona desert in 2010. Starring the Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" begins when border police in Arizona discover the decomposing body of a migrant in the Sonoran Desert, in an area known as the "Corridor of Death." He has no identification, but has one distinguishing feature: a tattoo that reads "Dayani Cristal."

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FACTS

  • Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied minors and 39,000 adults with children have been apprehended along the Mexican border — a much higher proportion than normal.

    David Nakamura, The Washington Post (2014)
  • U.S. Border Patrol has recorded 5,595 deaths of assumed migrants between 1998 and 2012.

    Stuart Anderson, National Foundation for American Policy (2013)
  • Deaths of migrants are increasing at a time when apprehensions of migrants are dropping. This means that their passage is getting deadlier.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (2013)
  • In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas migrant deaths more than doubled as compared to fiscal year 2011.

    Christine Kovic, University of Houston (2013)
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Assist

We assist distraught families of missing migrants by taking forensically detailed missing person reports and searching among the unidentified dead.

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Collect

We collect and track information on the dead and the missing along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

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Inform

We inform and educate the public about the disproportionate number of deaths and disappearances occurring on the U.S.-Mexico border through rigorous research and storytelling.

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Aid

We aid families and medical examiners alike by naming the dead.

Robin Reineke

Co-Founder and Executive Director

William Masson

Co-Founder and Director of Operations

Chelsea Halstead

Program Specialist

Meet The Team

The team at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights brings together decades of experience in the forensic sciences, the social sciences, and in non-profits, startups, and technology. Colibrí exists at the intersection between forensic science and human rights, bringing powerful technology and scientific reliability to one of today’s most pressing human concerns. This allows for streamlined communication with families and cross-border collaboration to facilitate the identification of remains.