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June 5, 2013,  10:00 AM

The Office of the Medical Examiner is located at 2825 E. District Street, Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona—On Wednesday, June 5th, researchers from the University of Arizona’s Binational Migration Institute and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) will be presenting a new report that answers key questions about unauthorized border crosser (UBC) deaths in southern Arizona. The interdisciplinary report is coauthored by researchers and professionals from the disciplines of Sociology, Cultural and Forensic Anthropology, Mexican American Studies, and Pathology.  The report provides information on the characteristics of the more than 2,000 people the PCOME has classified as UBCs since 1990.  The report also describes how these factors have fluctuated over time with changes in border enforcement strategies.  The methodology used to differentiate between UBCs and non-UBCs is also discussed. Download the full report here.                           


Authored by researchers from the Binational Migration Institute as well as from the Pima County
 Office of the Medical Examiner, or PCOME, the report finds that deaths during migration in
 Southern Arizona have not decreased despite the overall decrease in unauthorized migration 
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Click here for the related 2006 report:

 The Funnel Effect:and Recovered Bodies of Unauthorized Migrants Processed by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner 1990-2005