University Students Learn Life-Long Lessons

Sacred Heart Cemetery, Falfurrias, TX:  During the 10-day period (June 1-11), undergraduate and graduate students worked diligently to exhume as many human being remains as possible as part of the Forensic Project coordinated by the Forensic Scientists Team, their professors, Dr. Lori Baker, Sgt. Jim Huggins, and Dr. Krista Latham. The field work is part of … More University Students Learn Life-Long Lessons

University Professors Lead by Example

Sacred Heart Cemetery, Falfurrias:  Dr. Lori Baker and Dr. Krista Latham engage students in the exhumation of unknown migrants’ remains through demonstration and guidance. See related story. June 3, 2014:  Dr. Lori Baker demonstrates the procedure from the point where the remains have been located to storing and preparing them for transport. Dr. Latham worked  indefatigably … More University Professors Lead by Example

University Teams Exhume Unknown Migrants’ Remains in Falfurrias Cemetery, Brooks County

Sacred Heart Cemetery, Falfurrias, Texas:  For the second consecutive summer, a team of forensic scientists and their students from the Baylor University and the University of Indianapolis participated in exhuming the remains of unknown migrants from the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurrias, from June 1 – 11. Dr. Lori Baker and Sgt. Jim Huggins, from … More University Teams Exhume Unknown Migrants’ Remains in Falfurrias Cemetery, Brooks County

Webb County’s Medical Examiner Works to Identify Migrants Who Died in Brooks County

Dr. Corinne Stern’s lab and office overlooks a scenic view of a scaled down brush country typical of the topography of South Texas on the outskirts of Laredo in Webb County. The building is about a mile from the main road, next to the volunteer Fire Department on a dirt road. The drab, neat building … More Webb County’s Medical Examiner Works to Identify Migrants Who Died in Brooks County

Participants Read the Names of the Dead and Missing in a Solemn Ceremony

Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX   –  José Fernando Torres led the reading of the names of the dead or missing migrants during a solemn ceremony at the non-denominational Rothko Chapel on Saturday, November 2nd. But Torres didn’t read the name of his wife who has been missing for 20 months. Instead he offered a plea … More Participants Read the Names of the Dead and Missing in a Solemn Ceremony

Preventing Migrant Deaths in Brooks County

Falfurrias, TX   –   Brooks County is situated in the center of the 13-county area identified by the South Texas Human Rights Organization as the hotspot for migrant deaths. Falfurrias, the largest town in the county is a headquarters for the Border Patrol and the County’s Sheriff’s Office, plus a privately operated detention center. … More Preventing Migrant Deaths in Brooks County

“Welcoming the Dead, Renewing Our Struggle for Human Rights” – Special Event

Where:  Rothko Chapel; 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX  77006 – 713-524-9839 When:  Saturday, November 2, 2013 Time:  12 noon to 1 pm The public is invited to attend a ceremony that includes reading the names of the fallen and remembering the unidentified. The ceremony appreciates those engaged in the ongoing struggles to promote human rights … More “Welcoming the Dead, Renewing Our Struggle for Human Rights” – Special Event

Deaths in South Texas: Nameless Graves, Disappearances, and Lack of Humanitarian Aid

In light of recent reports on the escalating deaths of migrants in South Texas’ brush country, efforts have begun to address the myriad of issues regarding the tragic circumstances. Investigative reporter Mark Collette addressed some of the most pressing problems in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in a special section on Immigration. Some of the newspaper … More Deaths in South Texas: Nameless Graves, Disappearances, and Lack of Humanitarian Aid