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Programs and Special Operations

What is the Missing Migrant Program?


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The Missing Migrant Program (MMP) seeks to prevent the loss of life amongst the migrant population traversing through the southern border in accordance with the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019.  This complex objective is sought through MMP’s efforts and relationships with law enforcement partners, foreign consulates, medical examiners, land owners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), institutions of higher learning, and families.  Moreover, the established processes and relationships seek to meet the MMP’s objectives of prevention, location, identification, and reunification.  

In FY21, USBP HQ implemented the MMP Internal Operating Procedure for all southern border sectors, leading to standardization in reporting.  MMP is utilizing a rescue beacon suitability model to determine the most suitable deployment locations using spatial data science.  Data sets, such as historic trends, land access, elevation, and Agent response time, can be weighted according to criteria unique to each sector, allowing for maximum effectiveness in each operating environment. 

MP continued the deployment of 911 rescued placards and there are currently 2,279 placards deployed in strategic locations along the southwest border.                                                                                                                                                                                   

MMP has four lines of effort:

  • Prevent
  • Locate
  • Identify
  • Reunite

To learn more about the Missing Migrant Program please visit the U.S. Border Patrol YouTube.

Last Modified: June 8, 2022