The team at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights brings together decades of experience in the forensic sciences, the social sciences, and in non-profits, startups, and technology.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Robin Reineke co-founded Colibrí building on nearly a decade of work to support migrants’ human rights through forensic science, anthropology, and advocacy. From Seattle, Washington, Reineke received a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and an MA in anthropology from the University of Arizona, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Anthropology, completing her dissertation titled, “Naming the Dead: Identification and Ambiguity along the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Her work has been featured in the BBC, the New York Times, TIME Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Nation, and the documentary film, Who Is Dayani Cristal? In 2014, she was awarded the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, and was honored as one of Tucson’s “40 Under 40” by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is an Echoing Green Global Fellow.
With Emily Messing, “The Urgent Humanitarian Crisis Doesn’t Begin or End at the Border.” Huffington Post Blog, June 25, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-reineke/the-urgent-humanitarian-c_b_5531512.html
“Lost in the System: Unidentified Bodies on the Border.” North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Report on the Americas, Summer 2013.
With Dr. Daniel Martinez, “Undocumented Border Crosser Deaths in Southern Arizona.” Border Criminologies, June 22 2013. http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/tag/robin-reineke
With Dr. Daniel Martinez, Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Dr. Bruce Anderson, Dr. Gregory Hess, and Dr. Bruce Parks, “A Continued Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: Undocumented Border Crosser Deaths Recorded by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, 1990 – 2012.” Report produced by the Binational Migration Institute, June 2013.
With Hannah Hafter. “Will Immigration Reform Mean More Deaths on the Border?” Huffington Post Blog, March 19, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hannah-hafter/immigration-reform-and-border-patrol_b_2906986.html
Reineke, Robin. “Arizona: Naming the Dead from the Desert.” BBC News Magazine. January 16, 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21029783
Co-Founder & Director of Operations
William is an experienced product development specialist with over a decade in technology startup companies and nonprofit management. He has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College, as well as a MBA from the esteemed McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. William began his career leading business intelligence efforts as the Director of Evaluation and Accountability for the Higher Achievement Program in Washington, DC. He then progressed to technology strategy, serving as a Strategic Consultant/Project Manager with NPower Greater DC. William led the development and implementation of the first enterprise-level mobile application at the University of Arizona and the first implementation of EV1 contactless chip technology on any university campus.
In 2013, William co-founded the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Together, he and Robin assembled an extraordinary team of individuals, partners, and supporters.
Chelsea is an Arizona native. She grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to Tucson in 2008 to earn her B.A. in Geography from the University of Arizona. After studying and working for a year in Guatemala, Chelsea returned to complete her senior honors thesis which explored humanitarian border activism and migrant death. After graduating in 2012, she worked as a Research Assistant for a Department of Justice-funded study investigating the practices, protocols, and procedures associated with the handling of migrant remains along the border. In 2013, she was selected for a Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin. Soon after completing her fellowship, Chelsea joined the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, first as a volunteer and later as Program Manager. She currently heads Colibrí’s Family Advocacy program, speaking with families to collect information on missing persons and making case matches by comparing reports to forensic data. Chelsea also works to build relationships between Colibrí and various partners across the region.
As a native Tucsonan and Latina, Reyna developed a passion for social justice and human rights in a community extremely affected by border and immigration issues. She is an honors student at the University of Arizona earning a B.S. in Public Management and Policy from the School of Government. Inspired by her work over the past years at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, Reyna is currently writing her undergraduate thesis on ethical communication and community solidarity in human rights activism.
In 2013, Reyna interned for the Missing Migrant Project and soon after its growth into the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, became Outreach Coordinator. Her work revolves around communication about the crisis on the border. Much of her time is spent writing and presenting, as well as developing outreach strategies and building community through social media initiatives.
John earned his MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Arizona School of Art. His master’s thesis, “Walled In/Walled Out” was a collaborative piece with the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. The piece presented poignant questions about migrant death and the consequences of the human rights crisis on the border.
After serving as a fundamental part of Colibrí’s early development, John officially joined the Colibrí team in 2014. You can see John’s work from the Colibrí logo, all the way to social media graphics, and The Things We Carried poster available for purchase on our website. As Art Director, John designs visual materials and diverse media for Colibrí and is currently in the process of building Colibrí’s new Arts Program which will engage students and audiences with the issue of migrant death and the work of Colibrí through art.