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The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Below you can find information about organizations that might be of help in locating a missing loved one in California as well as the Colibrí Center's missing migrant form. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in California, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in California.

Missing up to 15 days in California: Search and Rescue Organizations

Law enforcement agencies closest to your loved one’s last known location are best equipped to launch an immediate search and rescue effort for someone who is injured or has lost contact with family within the last day or two.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

California border county Sheriffs Offices
  • San Diego County Sheriffs Office (western California): 858-565-5200
  • Imperial County Sheriffs Office (eastern California): 442-265-2000

A number of all-volunteer organizations do search and rescue operations along the border to help migrants in distress. Because these are volunteer organizations, most need a day or two to mount a search.

No More Deaths – Search and Rescue Direct Line
Águilas del Desierto
  • Phone: 760-521-3768
  • Whatsapp: 714-277-6846
Angeles del Desierto
Missing 2 weeks to 3 months in California: Detention Centers and U.S. Marshals

If this is your loved one’s first crossing attempt and you believe they have been apprehended by Border Patrol, they may be in an immigration detention center. Migrants can be held in immigration detention centers for up to 90 days and may not be able to make phone calls. To find your loved one in detention, call the detention centers listed below. (You can also call Sheriffs Offices in California to ask if your loved one is in detention; those numbers are under the “Missing up to 15 days” tab).

If your loved one has been previously deported and is attempting to cross into the United States again, and you believe they have been apprehended, it is possible your loved one could be in federal custody. Please call the US Marshals offices to inquire if they are currently detained.

You may also report your missing loved one to the consulate of your country in California.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

U.S. Marshals Services in California
  • San Diego: 619-557-6620
  • El Centro: 760-353-9790
  • Los Angeles: 213-894-2485 OR 213-620 – 7676
  • San Francisco: 415-436-7677
  • Sacramento: 916-930-2030
California Detention Centers
Imperial Regional Detention Facility
Otay Mesa Detention Center
James A. Musick Facility
Mira Loma Detention Center
Lerdo Pre-Trial Detention Center
Adelanto ICE Processing Center
Mesa Verde Detention Facility
Yuba County Jail
Contra Costa County Detention Center
Santa Ana City Jail
Sacramento County Main Jail
Taft Correctional Institute
Missing more than 6 months in California: Colibrí Center and NamUS

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in California, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in California.

Missing Migrant Form

 

You can also contact NamUS which is The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System––a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border. The PCOME processes remains found in Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties -- which account for almost all remains found in southern Arizona. Below you can find information about organizations that might be of help in locating a missing loved one as well as the Colibrí Center's missing migrant form, which begins the process of filing a missing persons report with Colibrí.

Missing up to 15 days in Arizona: Search and Rescue Organizations

Law enforcement agencies closest to your loved one’s last known location are best equipped to launch an immediate search and rescue effort for someone who is injured or has lost contact with family within the last day or two.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

Arizona border county Sheriffs Offices
  • Yuma County Sheriffs Office (western Arizona): 928-783-4427
  • Pima County Sheriffs Office (central Arizona):  520-351-4900
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office (Nogales AZ and close-by areas): 520-761-7869
  • Cochise County Sheriffs Office (eastern Arizona): 520-432-9500

 

A number of all-volunteer organizations do search and rescue operations along the border to help migrants in distress. Because these are volunteer organizations, most need a day or two to mount a search.

No More Deaths – Search and Rescue Direct Line
Águilas del Desierto
  • Phone: 760-521-3768
  • Whatsapp: 714-277-6846
Angeles del Desierto
Missing 2 weeks to 3 months in Arizona: Detention Centers and U.S. Marshals

If this is your loved one’s first crossing attempt and you believe they have been apprehended by Border Patrol, they may be in an immigration detention center. Migrants can be held in immigration detention centers for up to 90 days and may not be able to make phone calls. To find your loved one in detention, call the detention centers listed below. (You can also call Sheriffs Offices in Arizona to ask if your loved one is in detention; those numbers are under the “Missing up to 15 days” tab).

If your loved one has been previously deported and is attempting to cross into the United States again, and you believe they have been apprehended, it is possible your loved one could be in federal custody. Please call the U.S. Marshals offices to inquire if they are in federal custody.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

U.S. Marshals Services in Arizona

Phoenix: 602-382-8768
Tucson: 520-879-6900
Flagstaff: 928-213-0135
Prescott: 928-778-0710
Yuma: 928-783-6337

Arizona Detention Centers
La Paz County Adult Detention Center
San Luis Regional Detention Center
Santa Cruz County Jail
  • Phone: 520-761-7875
  • Address: 1250 North Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ, 85621
  • County: Santa Cruz
  • Gender: Male & Female
  • Info: https://santacruzsheriff.org/
La Palma Correctional Center
Eloy Federal Contract Facility
Florence Service Processing Center
CCA Florence Correctional Center
Yavapai County Detention Center
Federal Correctional Institution
Maricopa County Jail Facilities
  • Phone: 602-876-0322
  • County: Maricopa
Prescott: Yavapai County Jail
  • Phone: 928-771-3260
  • County: Yavapai
Safford: Federal Correctional Institution
Tucson: Federal Correctional Institution
Yuma County Detention Center
Phoenix: Federal Correctional Institution
Missing more than 6 months in Arizona: Colibrí Center

The Colibrí Center helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border. Please submit a missing migrant report to begin that process. A member of Colibrí’s staff will contact you to complete a full intake report and explain how Colibrí can help you find your loved one. Please be aware that Colibrí helps find people who have died crossing the border and provides support to families; Colibrí does do not conduct search and rescue efforts and does not know who is in detention.

Missing Migrant Form

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Below you can find information about organizations that might be of help in locating a missing loved one in New Mexico as well as the Colibrí Center's missing migrant form. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in New Mexico, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in New Mexico.

Missing up to 15 days in New Mexico: Search and Rescue Organizations

Law enforcement agencies closest to your loved one’s last known location are best equipped to launch an immediate search and rescue effort for someone who is injured or has lost contact with family within the last day or two.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

New Mexico border county Sheriffs Offices

Six different counties are on the U.S.-Mexico border, and another four are very close by. Using a map of New Mexico’s counties, identify the county or counties closest to the last known location of your loved one and search for the phone numbers for the Sheriffs Office for each county.

One all-volunteer organizations may conduct search and rescue operations along the New Mexico border to help migrants in distress. Because this is a volunteer organization, it may need a day or two to mount a search.

Angeles del Desierto
Missing 2 weeks to 3 months in New Mexico: Detention Centers and U.S. Marshals

If this is your loved one’s first crossing attempt and you believe they have been apprehended by Border Patrol, they may be in an immigration detention center. Migrants can be held in immigration detention centers for up to 90 days and may not be able to make phone calls. To find your loved one in detention, call the detention centers listed below. (You can also call Sheriffs Offices in New Mexico to ask if your loved one is in detention; see information under the “Missing up to 15 days” tab).

If your loved one has been previously deported and is attempting to cross into the United States again, and you believe they have been apprehended, it is possible your loved one could be in federal custody. Please call the US Marshals offices to inquire if they are currently detained.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

US Marshals Services in New Mexico

Albuquerque: 505-346-6400
Roswell: 575-627-7635

New Mexico Detention Centers
Cibola County Correctional Center
Torrance County Detention Facility
Otero County Processing Center
Otero County Prison Facility
Luna County Detention Center
Missing more than 6 months in New Mexico: Colibrí Center and NamUS

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in New Mexico, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in New Mexico.

Missing Migrant Form

You can also contact NamUS which is The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System––a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Below you can find information about organizations that might be of help in locating a missing loved one in Texas as well as the Colibrí Center's missing migrant form. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in Texas, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in Texas.

Missing up to 15 days in Texas: Search and Rescue Organizations

Law enforcement agencies closest to your loved one’s last known location are best equipped to launch an immediate search and rescue effort for someone who is injured or has lost contact with family within the last day or two.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

Texas border county Sheriffs Offices

Thirteen different counties are on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, and many more are close by. Using a map of Texas’s counties, identify the county or counties closest to the last known location of your loved one and search for the phone numbers for the Sheriffs Office for each county.

 

These all-volunteer organizations do search and rescue operations along the border to help migrants in distress. Because these are volunteer organizations, most need a day or two to mount a search.

Angeles del Desierto
South Texas Human Rights Center
Missing 2 weeks to 3 months: Detention Centers and U.S. Marshals

If this is your loved one’s first crossing attempt and you believe they have been apprehended by Border Patrol, they may be in an immigration detention center. Migrants can be held in immigration detention centers for up to 90 days and may not be able to make phone calls. To find your loved one in detention, call the detention centers listed below. (You can also call Sheriffs Offices in Texas to ask if your loved one is in detention; those numbers are under the “Missing up to 15 days” tab).

If your loved one has been previously deported and is attempting to cross into the United States again, and you believe they have been apprehended, it is possible your loved one could be in federal custody. Please call the US Marshals offices to inquire if they are currently detained.

To call these numbers from Mexico or Central America, dial 001 before dialing the numbers below.

US Marshals Services in Texas
  • West (Oeste) Texas / San Antonio (210) 472-6540
  • Alpine (432) 837-7295
  • Austin (512) 916-5393
  • Del Rio (830) 703-2075
  • El Paso (915) 534-6779
  • Midland (432) 686-4100
  • Pecos (432) 445-5495
  • Waco (254) 750-1570
  • East (Este de) Texas / Tyler (903) 590-1370
  • Beaumont (409) 839-2581
  • South (sur de) Texas / Houston (713) 718-4800
  • Brownsville (956) 548-2519
  • Corpus Christi (361) 888-3154
  • Galveston (409) 766-3771
  • Laredo (956) 794-1060
  • Victoria (361) 578-4932
  • McAllen (956) 618-8025
  • Santa Fe (505) 988-6609

 

Texas Detention Centers
El Paso Service Processing Center
West Texas Detention Facility
Randall County Jail
Lubbock County Detention Center
Rolling Plains Detention Center
Bedford Municipal Detention Center
Euless City Jail (City of Municipality)
Dallas County Jail Lew Sterrett Justice Center
Johnson County Corrections Center
Prairieland Detention Facility
Jack Harwell Detention Center
Burnet County Jail
Don Hutto CCA
Central Texas Detention Facility
Val Verde Correctional Facility
South Texas Detention Complex
South Texas Family Residential Center
Karnes County Civil Detention Center
  • Phone:
  • Address: Farm to Market 1144 AT US Highway 181, Karnes City, 78118
  • County: Karnes
  • Gender: Male & Famale
Karnes County Correctional Center
Karnes County Residential Center
La Salle County Regional Detention Center
Laredo Processing Center
Rio Grande Detention Center
Webb County Detention Center
Coastal Bend Detention Facility
Brooks County Detention Center
Willacy County Regional Detention Facility
Willacy Detention Center
  • Phone: +1 (956) 689-5099
  • Address: 1800 Industrial Drive, Raymondville, Texas, 78580
  • County: Willacy
  • Gender: Male
  • Info:
East Hidalgo Detention Center
Port Isabel
Polk County Adult Detention Facility: IAH Secure Adult Detention Center
Joe Corley Detention Facility
Montgomery ICE Processing Center
Houston Contract Detention Facility

Midland County Detention Center
001 (432) 688-4745

Dimmit County Jail
001 (830) 876-3508

Reeves 1 & 2- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (432) 447-2926

Reeves 3- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (432) 447-2909

Big Spring- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (432) 264-0060

Giles W. Dalby- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (806) 495-2175

Eden- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (325) 869-2704

La Tuna- Federal Correctional Institution
001 (915) 791-9000

Missing more than 6 months in Texas: Colibrí, South Texas Human Rights Center
South Texas Human Rights Center

The South Texas Human Rights Center partners with NamUs and local universities to identify disappeared persons in Texas.

Colibrí Center for Human Rights

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights helps identify the remains of migrants found along the southern Arizona border and provides support to families searching for loved ones no matter where they are located. Even though Colibrí might not be able to help identify someone who disappeared in Texas, you are welcome to file a missing persons report with Colibrí, to obtain support and in case in the future a way is found to help identify remains recovered in Texas.

Missing Migrant Form

 

NamUS

You can also contact NamUS which is The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System––a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.

The Colibrí Center works only with people whose loved ones have disappeared within the United States. Other organizations are able to provide help to people whose loved ones have disappeared in Mexico.

If your loved one disappeared in Mexico

Please contact the following organizations for help if your loved one disappeared in Mexico.

Mexican Consulate
Angeles del desierto – Search and Rescue
EAAF – Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team
Movimiento por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México
Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights works to create a safe, humane, and effective process for families of missing migrants to find answers.  

 

To request Colibrí’s help in finding someone who disappeared six or more months ago while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, specifically in Arizona, please fill out a Missing Migrant Form. Colibrí has compiled an “Active Search” Guide to help people search for missing migrants, which you can find above by selecting the location where someone disappeared.

Who we are

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights promotes healing and change by working with families of disappeared migrants to identify and honor those who have lost their lives on the US-Mexico border.

 

What we do

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The Missing Migrant Project & DNA Program

Colibrí’s Missing Migrant Project helps families find loved ones who have disappeared while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Colibrí collects detailed missing persons reports and DNA samples from family members and works in close partnership with medical examiners to identify remains found in the Arizona desert. Once someone is identified, Colibrí compassionately notifies the family.

La Red De Familiares

Family Network

Born out of families’ expressed need for emotional support, the Family Network is a community of families and friends searching for loved ones who disappeared while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The network consists of secure, on-line meeting spaces, a quarterly magazine with resources for families, and local groups in major cities in the U.S. who meet regularly for connection and support.

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Facts

Since 1998, over 7,505 people have lost their lives while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. More than 4,000 people have been reported missing to Colibrí. Over 2,978 people have died in Southern Arizona, and close to 1,200 sets of remains recovered in Arizona are unidentified.

Colibrí has received over 4,000 reports about migrants who have disappeared. Through forensic science and investigation, Colibrí is working to identify the close to 1,200 unidentified remains recovered in Southern Arizona.

Families living in 14 countries and in 43 states across the U.S. have reported disappeared relatives to Colibrí.

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