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Current Mission Information

June 1 - June 12, 2014

ICFI teams will return to Falfurrias, Texas to exhume the remains of unidentified migrants. Work is being performed in collaboration with the Brooks County Sherriff's Department, County Judge and the four JPs.


Brooks County officials have struggled for years due to the overwhelming number of migrant deaths. In 2012 there were 130 cases and in 2013 there were 87 cases. The sparcely populated county is without a medical examiner's office and without forensic science experts to assist in these difficult international identifications.


The ICFI currently has 110 cases from Brooks County in addition to cases from other counties along the border. 


For current information regarding Brook County:




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Selected Media


Case 0425



UIndy professor, students help exhume bodies of migrants who died on perilous journey to U.S.


Help From Afar



Forensic experts, students work to identify immigrant remains


Anthropologist Works To Return Migrants’ Remains


Effort to ID immigrants' corpses is gratifying — and sad


Fatal Crossing: The Lives That End at America's Desolate Border


Texan Uses DNA to Reunite Dead Mexican Illegals With Families


Victims of foul play, kidnapped and held for ransom by ‘coyotes’ or abandoned to die in the desert, hundreds of immigrants disappear every year while attempting to cross the border.

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