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  • Graves of Shame

    In the summer of 2014, a team of forensic anthropologists gathered in Brooks County, Texas, to unearth mass graves containing the remains of hundreds of migrants who had died on their journey north. Reports emerged of bodies buried in kitchen trash bags and skulls wedged between coffins. Within days, the Texas Rangers were asked to investigate. But the probe found no wrongdoing. Investigative Fund reporting fellow John Carlos Frey finds that the Rangers investigator spent all of two days compiling the report and missed massive criminal wrongdoing. In a story for the Texas Observer, Frey uncovers an illegal failure to collect DNA samples and properly label remains. He finds bodies buried less than a foot underground, in violation of Texas law, and other graves containing commingled remains. These violations have made it nearly impossible for families to identify and properly bury their missing loved ones. As a result of the piece the cursory investigation performed by Texas Rangers was nullified, organizations protested, and state representatives vowed to strengthen existing law.
  • Burning the evidence

    Minnesota Public Radio investigates the incineration of the remains of thousands of ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces under the command of Slobodan Milosevic during the 1999 war in Kosovo. The secret operation was part of a highly-organized effort by Serbia's leadership to conceal evidence of possible war crimes from international investigators. Documentation shows that the operation was carried out by an elite unit of the Serbian security service.
  • Shame of Srebrenica

    CBS News reports about "the single worst war crime of the Bosnia war: the Serb massacre of approximately 8 thousand Muslims after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. It was the Serbs who murdered the Muslims, but our troubling story focuses on the shame that has fallen on a group of Dutch soldiers sent to Srebrenica as peacekeepers. They were sent by the UN to stop the threat of an attack by the Serbs, ... but when Srebrenica fell.. the Dutch handed over the Muslim people of the town to Serb troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic..."
  • Evidence indicates Bosnia massacre

    The Christian Science Monitor exposed Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust. The CSM visited four of the six suspected mass graves around the fallen UN safe area of Srebrenica, found nine credible survivors of the mass executions, and exposed those responsible for the tragedy and the Clinton administration's inconsistent record on the issue.