Forensic Empathy: Mapping Migrant Deaths

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Led by Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA), this project uses GIS to map data representing deaths of those crossing the Mexico-US border since 2001, with particular focus on the increasing militarization and stricter immigration policies in recent years. It relies on a variety of sources to construct a new way of visualizing the border through the lens of empathy and loss.

I assisted on this project from January to March 2019, where I helped to gather, clean, and manipulate data sets, while researching alternative mapping techniques.

Screenshot of map of border deaths
Screenshot of Forensic Empathy (source: