Research and Projects


This page describes some of BMI's research projects 


Protocol Development for the Standardization of Identification and Examination of Undocumented Border Crossers’ Remains along the U.S.-Mexico Border

In this U.S. Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Administration funded project, the Binational Migration Institute (BMI) investigated the protocols used in 44 counties bordering Mexico (left) in the counting, identifying, and postmortem examination of unattended deaths, and in particular, those of presumed undocumented border crossers (UBCs). Using an applied approach, the project surveyed medical examiners, coroners, and other pertinent officials engaged in this process. This data was used as a basis for discussion among these professionals and for developing a best practices handbook, which can be used in the expert training of those who are responsible in this increasingly challenging task along the U.S.-Mexican border.

A component of this research was the investigation of how community based organization respond to the increased suffering along the border, as a result of greater immigration enforcement and policing.  The result of this is the rising number of deaths along the border presumed to be immigrants, and the outrage of humanitarian organizations and NGOs.  Here, a local organization assembles the crosses needed to commemorate the deaths at a local demonstration.

Completed Research                                                                                                  

1. Tucson Elvira-Sunnyside Health and Immigration Enforcement Survey (TESS)

2. Challenges to Farmworker Health Sponsored by the National Institute of Occupational and Safety Health (NIOSH)

3. Women at the Intersection: Immigration Enforcement and Transnational Migration on the U.S.-Mexico Border Sponsored by Fulbright Garcia-Robles

4. A Multidisciplinary Binational Study of Migrant Women in the Context of a U.S. Mexico Border Reproductive Health Care Continuum Sponsored by the Programa de Investigacion de Migracion y Salud.

5. Investigator Project 7.4 Methods Research Workshops: Instruments, Analysis, and Ethics Sponsored by US-UofA-DHS Center of Excellence

6. Pilot Project: “Operation Streamline” Judicial Process

7. No Vale Nada la Vida/La Vida no Vale Nada, an anthology based on proceedings from the conference bearing the same name Paritally Supported by the Ford Foundation