Colibrí Center for Human Rights based out of Tucson, Arizona launched the #EndMigrantDeaths campaign on Dia De Los Muertos asking people to change their social media profile photo to someone who has died on the border.
Each photo has the person’s name, age, where they were from, and when they died.
Organizers said they’re hoping to highlight the harsh journeys, violence, human rights violations, and policies that lead to migrant deaths and separate families.
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that has grown in popularity in the U.S. celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died.
“In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos we’re trying to honor those who passed,” said Reyna Araibi, the group's outreach coordinator.
Colibrí, which helps identify human remains on the border, said at least 6,330 people have died in the areas between the United States and Mexico since 1998.
“We wont save any lives at the border until we recognize as a country that there are lives worth saving,” Araibi told BuzzFeed News.
Adolfo Flores is a national security correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. He focuses on immigration.
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