Giorgia Mirto is a university researcher and anti-racist activist from Sicily. She has spent the past 11 years researching Italian procedures related to the burial, registration, and identification of the bodies of migrants who died in the Mediterranean and processed by Italian authorities. She pursued this political and intellectual endeavor contributing to the creation of the first official Border Death Database at VU University in Amsterdam, then at the University of York for the Mediterranean Missing Project, working as a consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross and finally analyzing Italian Mourning Practices for the University of Bologna. Side for the academic work, Giorgia has also contributed to supporting the families of the missing in their struggle toward truth and justice.
Giorgia is currently a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in New York, with a project focused on the political role of the dead migrants’ bodies.