Overview of Migrant Casework and Challenges​ at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner​

Virtual | April 24, 2024

This webinar featured a brief background on the history of the United States – Mexico border, the creation of migrant policies and enforcement, the increase of migrants deaths and the challenges associated with identification, the importance of partnerships and available resources, and actual case studies from one of America’s busiest medical examiner offices involved in the forefront of migrant deaths.

Dr. Vollner is one of three Forensic Anthropologists with the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Vollner earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University) in Delhi, Ohio. She earned a Master of Science in Anthropology from Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University), as well as a Master of Arts in Anthropology and her doctorate in Anthropology from Michigan State University. Dr. Vollner has been employed by the PCOME since 2016 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology in 2020. As one of the anthropologists at the PCOME, her job duties and research interests revolve around the identification of migrants who have died in southern Arizona.