201511-rosie-crop-hero-reel by Alexa Garcia-Ditta

Reckoning With Rosie

Thirty-eight years ago, a young woman in McAllen died of an illegal abortion. Today her story is more relevant than ever.

On a June afternoon in McAllen in 1978, Diana Rivera, posing as a young pregnant woman, walked into the home of a local midwife. At Rivera’s side was a female...Read More

201510-case0378-pendant-reel-hero by Jen Reel

The Things They Left Behind

When migrants die in South Texas, the objects they leave behind hold clues to their identities.

In the fall of 2013, Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque and I visited Baylor University’s forensics lab, one of several Texas labs that handles the remains ...Read More