WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Searching for Truth and Justice for Mexico’s Disappeared: National and Local Experiences

12:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, 8 September 2021
Washington, D.C.

(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) cordially invites you to the following webinar:

More than 91,000 people remain disappeared and missing in Mexico according to official statistics. The majority were disappeared between 2006 and 2021.

For years, the families of the disappeared have led the search for their loved ones (as seen in our last event on Mexico, in which three family members spoke with WOLA and the public about their experience in the state of Morelos). Likewise, family collectives and civil society organizations have helped to construct new tools against disappearances, such as the General Law against disappearances that came into force in January 2018 and the recently inaugurated Extraordinary Forensic Identification Mechanism (Mecanismo Extraordinario de Identificación Forense, MEIF).

Despite the aforementioned advances, the day-to-day reality of disappearances remains bleak. The number of disappeared people continues to increase. In recent months, several people searching for their relatives have been murdered. Thousands of disappearances are not investigated in accordance with the General Law, impunity reigns in the vast majority of cases, and there are significant gaps in the registration and investigation of cases of disappeared migrants.

This Wednesday, September 8, we will be joined by members of collectives and civil society organizations that have been documenting and accompanying investigations of disappearances in the states of Nuevo León, Jalisco, and at the federal level for years. They will discuss what happens in disappearance cases reported to authorities, the obstacles to solving these cases, and some of the actions that should be prioritized to stop disappearances and improve access to truth and justice.  


Event Details:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET



Ana Luna Serrano
Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos (CADHAC)

Anna Karolina Chimiak
Centro de Justicia para la Paz y el Desarrollo (CEPAD)

Marisol Méndez
Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho (FJEDD)

Angélica Orozco Martínez

Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Nuevo León, A.C. (FUNDENL)

Stephanie Brewer
Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights, WOLA

Simultaneous interpretation will be available between English and Spanish, exclusively on Zoom.