Friday, September 2, 2011

Holtville Pauper's Cemetery

Aired the weekend of September 2, 2011 on NPR's Latino USA:

(scroll down, it's the third piece)

And on The California Report Magazine:

Pauper's cemeteries aren't new. They're where unclaimed and unidentified bodies, or those of families too poor to pay for funerals, are buried. But in the southeastern corner of California, in a small rural town called Holtville, a "John Doe" cemetery tells a larger story about the state, and nation. It's where the bodies of nearly 700 undocumented immigrants are buried -- immigrants who died trying to cross the border.