William Masson

William Masson

Founder of Colibrí Center for Human Rights

2014 Global Fellow

The mission of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights is to end migrant death and suffering on the U.S.­-Mexico border through forensic research, human identification, and education. Our database of missing and unidentified migrants along the border enables families, regardless of legal status or nationality, to achieve the basic human right to know the fate of a missing loved one. We envision a border where the protection of human life is paramount. As the only organization combining forensic science, research, and advocacy, Colibrí aims to shift the conversation about immigration from one characterized by fear to one characterized by compassion.


William is the co-founder and director of operations for the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. The Colibrí Center aims to change border policies by witnessing human rights violations on the U.S.-Mexico border, serving the families of missing migrants, and producing reliable data-driven research. Living in both the United States and a short stint in Argentina, William grew up hearing stories from his Ecuadorian parents of the forced anglification of their names, sweatshops, and sacrificing family to ultimately live in the US – like many of the families served by Colibrí. William began his professional career helping nonprofits develop strategies to maximize technology use and data to further their missions. Prior to Colibrí William led the development of the first enterprise level mobile application at the University of Arizona and later led product development and operations at a Tucson-based mobile tech startup. William has a bachelors degree in Economics and Latin America Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Arizona.