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The Things They Carried: Photos Give Names To Those Who Died Crossing The Border

A journalist is using photographs she’s taken to help identify the remains of those who’ve died trying to cross the Texas-Mexico border.

Yo Tengo Nombre - MemeA journalist is using photographs she’s taken to help identify the remains of those who’ve died trying to cross the Texas-Mexico border.

Jen Reel is a multimedia editor for the Texas Observer, and she’s created an online photo gallery. There, people looking for missing loved ones can scan through images of belongings found alongside unidentified people who’ve died trying to cross the border in South Texas.

She tells Michael Hagerty about the project, which is called Yo Tengo Nombre — or I Have a Name.

MORE: Database of Exhumed Objects Aims To ID Migrants Who Perished (NPR)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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