Colibri Center for Human Rights

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ABOUT The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit family advocacy based in Tucson, Arizona. We work with families, forensic scientists and humanitarians to end migrant death and related suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Given the transnational and marginalized nature of migrant communities, missing and unidentified migrant cases are uniquely challenging to resolve. Too often, families are denied the basic right to know the fate of a loved one. In the meantime, they struggle to cope with this devastating and confusing loss.

The Missing Migrant Project
Colibri's advocacy work is grounded in data , which has the power not only to find the missing and identify the dead, but also to educate on a larger scale. Since 2006, our Missing Migrant Project has been bridging the gap gap between medical examiners and families of the missing. We work with families to create forensically detailed missing persons reports-specializing in often overlooked details like tattoos, prayer cards, belt buckles or other unique belongings-and then partner with forensic scientists and medical examiners to identify the dead. Colibri has developed the first comprehensive system to track and compare missing and unidentified persons on the border. This data tool will allow Colibrí and our partners to provide more identifications, provide answers to families, and inform policy.

The Family Network
Through Colibrí's Family Network-an online advocacy tool that amplifies voices, and connects families to one another, to media, and to the larger immigrant rights movement-we also provide safe space for support, communication, and organizing among those who have lost someone on the border.

Colibrí believes in the power of the families and their stories to change the way we see this issue. We witness the human heart of migration every day. We hear the reasons people are compelled to risk their lives crossing the desert on foot: to get back home after being deported so a family can avoid eviction, to save money so that one day the daughter can attend college, to work in order to pay for son's leukemia treatment. Communicating Through Art

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Communicating Through Art
By partnering with artists and storytellers of all kinds, we also work to raise awareness about the crisis on the border and the injustices facing immigrant communities. In many ways, art is a way to communicate truths on a deeper level than verbal communication. We have witnessed the beauty and power that art has on shifting perceptions and engaging the public. Our collaborations that various talented artists and storytellers have fostered a special sense of community, a community that is inspiringly dedicated to communicating the humanity inherent in this highly divisive crisis.