, 2022-07-01 18:41:00,
It was a bizarre turn in Mexico’s most acute human rights crisis: The disappearance of more than 100,000 people, most of them in the last 15 years. The staggering number reflects the explosion of violence during the U.S.-backed war on drug gangs and the growing quest by Mexican crime groups to control more territory. Criminal organizations are blamed in the kidnapping and killing of many of the victims, but others were hauled away by brutal security forces. In some instances, corrupt local or state police snatched people on behalf of cartels.
The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets
The latest scandal adds to the litany of indignities suffered by families searching for their missing loved ones. Mothers of the disappeared have banded together in recent years to form a highly visible and politically potent movement. Yet they have faced local bureaucrats who mix up human remains, slow-walk investigations and toss unidentified bodies into common graves.
When he began sharing the genetic material, in 2017, Cabrera was coordinator of strategy in the national public security system. The following year, he became the public face of the government’s effort to find and identify the missing, as the first commissioner in charge of the search for the disappeared.
Karla Quintana, a Harvard-educated human-rights lawyer,…
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