The study on the disappeared in Mexico is almost ready: President AMLO

La Jornada. Nestor Jiménez and Alonso Urrutia. July 21, 2022

After 100,000 disappeared people in the country according to official data from the National Registry of Disappeared Persons (NRDP), President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that a study is about to be concluded in this regard because it is an issue that his opponents have used. He defended that it was with his government that the searches by the authorities began.

At his daily press conference regarding the federal government’s actions to support searching for missing persons, he said, “we are working every day for that,” “protecting families who are looking for their loved ones.”

Referring to the 100,000 missing people registered in the NRDP, reached on May 17, he highlighted the support for the search for the disappeared.

“We are about to finish an investigation on disappearances because the issue is used by our adversaries to question our work. Regarding the ‘100,000 disappeared in Mexico,’ “I am here daily, working on security issues. 100,000 did not disappear during this government, but the reading could indicate that, so we are doing an investigation to clarify that.”

President AMLO indicated, “the search begins practically with us, with our government. He clarified that “of course” searching starts with mothers of the disappeared, but “the government begins to look for them from the moment this administration began. We can prove that.”

President López Obrador during his press conference on July 21, 2022. Photo Yazmín Ortega Cortés

Special Prosecutor’s Office for Missing Persons carries out search operations in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Jalisco.

TELEDIARIO Editorial Jalisco / 16.07.2022

The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Missing Persons (FEPD) carries out search operations in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara as part of the permanent actions in coordination with agencies of the three levels of government and relatives of the victims of disappearance.

FEPD personnel, in coordination with the State Search Commission, Jalisco Security Secretariat, and the National Guard, carried out a search operation on July 15 and 16 in collaboration with the collective “Corazones Unidos por Nuestros Desaparecidos.”

This operation is part of the FEPD’s daily work with civil society groups searching for people in Jalisco, following the protocols established by current legislation. At the same time, personnel from the specialized prosecutor’s office carry out several operations in “Los Altos” and the North region of the state in coordination with the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the National Guard, and municipal authorities.

San Diego de Alejandría, Unión de San Antonio, Mezquitic, San Juan de los Lagos, and surrounding areas, are the municipalities where the works will continue. The Prosecutor’s Office emphasizes its commitment to society to carry out all the actions required to find people and offer accompaniment to the indirect victims of this crime and the groups that represent them.

Citizen Committee of Public Security: “During the last six years, at least one person a day has disappeared in Sonora”. The historical record is six thousand 654 investigations for missing persons

Gerardo Moreno Valenzuela. Heraldo de México

During the last six years, at least one person has disappeared in Sonora per day. However, there is concern that the formal complaints have decreased significantly in recent years, said the Citizen Committee of Public Security.

Its monthly report focuses on disappearances and explains that the historical record is six thousand 654 investigations for missing persons; four thousand 201 remain unfound, 63.9 percent; and 6.6 percent were found lifeless.

On the other hand, in 2021, there were four thousand 902 calls to 911 to report a missing person, and so far, in 2022, there is a record of two thousand 498 calls, but many do not file a complaint. In Sonora, the number of complaints decreased from one thousand 78 in 2017, the year with the most registered complaints, to only 126 in 2021, and so far, in 2022, there are only 59 reports.

People now do not file complaints; they prefer to report their missing relatives through the pages of the search collectives because they have more confidence in the work, in contrast with the authorities’ work.

At the moment, in Sonora, 14 collectives officially integrated throughout the state and have one and a half million followers on social media, a growth of 523 percent in just two years.

The Citizen Committee assured that there must be more intense work from the Prosecutor’s Office of Sonora. Search mechanisms must also be created for each specific case, protect the rights of victims’ families, and allocate sufficient resources to operate effectively.


In the state of Mexico entity, the civil society received training on protocols of enforced disappearance.

DIARIO PORTAL June 24, 2022

The State of Mexico offered online training on the “Approved Protocol for the Search for Disappeared and Missing Persons” because women must be constantly prepared.

In providing the training, Sol Salgado Ambros, Commissioner for the Search of Persons in the State of Mexico, reported that, at the national level, there are more than 100,000 people whose whereabouts are unknown. She considers that disappearances are the symptom, not the problem, so these cases must be addressed operationally, scientifically, and mainly, in a humanistic way.

The commissioner explained that the Approved Protocol for the Search for Disappeared and Missing Persons is an instrument created by specialists and civil society organizations, as well as families, since they became not only the users and recipients of the services but also participatory actors.

Salgado Ambros pointed out that families have the right to participate in the search, just as the disappeared have the right to be searched; it is a priority to act immediately when the whereabouts of any person are unknown.

The operational guiding axes of coordination are the optimal use of resources, the gender approach, the preservation of life and personal integrity, and the approach to the right of children and adolescents, in addition to management and access to information, among other measures.

Sol Salgado stressed that the protocol establishes the generation of a single directory, where the municipal authority generates a permanent contact. Therefore 24 hours and 365 days, there are authorities to contact over the phone to make the search efficient.