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.

Mexico announced the reopening of military files in the Ayotzinapa case. Seven years after the disappearances, the authorities have not been able to clarify the case.

June 26, 2022

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that military files would be opened, including the participation of the 27th Infantry Battalion of Iguala in the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. López Obrador assured that “the requests of the relatives of the disappearances are being considered”, according to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

The Mexican president assured “all cases” of military files would be opened. Military members were present during the night students disappeared. Likewise, the president explained that he understands the discontent of the families: “It’s normal, people are very hurt,” he said.

Seven years after the disappearances, authorities have not been able to find the students, and it has not been clarified what happened to them on the night of September 26, 2014. The Mexican president promised in April “not to hide anything” in the government’s report on the murder of the Ayotzinapa students, after insisting on the “commitment” to the victims’ families and Mexican society.

In addition, he explained the “obstacles” that his Government has faced “to get to the bottom” of this matter.

Members from the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, rejected “the historical truth” official theory, saying it was not scientifically possible. Relatives of the students also reject this version and demand to follow other lines of the investigation established by the GIEI.

SOURCE: Europa Press

In Mexico City with the chief of government Sheinbaum, the disappearance of women rises 900%, from 93 to 930 of cases

EL FINANCIERO By Eduardo Ortega June 20, 2022

So, far in the administration of Claudia Sheinbaum as head of Mexico’s City government, the number of missing women in Mexico City has increased 900 percent, compared to the same period of the previous administration, headed by Miguel Ángel Mancera.

According to the National Registry of Data on Missing or Disappeared Persons, the number of missing and unlocated women in the capital went from 93, registered between December 5,2012, and June 16, 2016, to 930, registered between December 5, 2018, and June 1. 2022.

The report “Human trafficking and Disappearance of Women in Mexico City”, carried out by the City’s Search Commission in 2021, states that one of the possible causes linked to these cases is human trafficking. The increase in the number of disappearances of women in Mexico City skyrockets just with the arrival to office of Sheinbaum Pardo, since it increased from 22 cases registered in 2018, to 228 in 2019, 277 in 2020 and 243 in 2021.

Disappearance of women. Increased disappearance of women in Mexico City (Gabriela Pérez/Cuartoscuro)

Relatives of disappeared persons place a fence with the photos of their loved ones in the roundabout formerly known as “La Palma.”

Animal Político June 12, 2022

Relatives of disappeared people placed a fence with the photographs of their loved ones in what was formerly known as “La Palma” (the palm) roundabout. The idea of making a more robust intervention in the area is to prevent the Mexico City government from removing the photographs, as occurred in recent weeks.

“We continue the repair work in the “Roundabout of Los Desaparecidos”; with a more durable fence. We want to make the space our own”. Days before, the collectives had already placed images and a fence when the ahuehuete tree was planted to replace the emblematic palm. However, these were withdrawn by the authorities.

After placing the photographs, they walked to the “Roundabout of las Mujeres que luchan” (women who fight), where activists argued about the arrival of construction material to destroy the anti-monument. Previously the place was known as the Christopher Columbus roundabout.

Photograph by Herminia Miranda

Mexico City receives its new ahuehuete tree in Reforma Avenue, along with the families of the disappeared.

The Mexican capital replaces an emblematic palm tree; people claim the space to remember the 100,000 who disappeared.

 By SONIA CORONA. EL PAÍS. June 5,2022.

The roundabout of “La Palma” in Paseo de la Reforma Avenue from this Sunday is two things at the same time: the deposit of an ahuehuete tree that adorns the emblematic avenue and the headquarters that remembers the more than 100,000 disappeared in Mexico. The Government of Mexico City has planted during the early hours of Sunday the tree that replaces a palm tree that, for more than 100 years, decorated the financial and tourist district of the capital of Mexico. In the morning, activists and mothers of the disappeared added, on their own, portraits of their faces around the tree to remind authorities of the pending task of finding them. There has been no dispute over the site, rather just a strange coexistence.

Relatives of disappeared people walk among photographs, today, in the roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma, where an ahuehuete tree was planted to replace the palm that was removed in April. HECTOR GUERRERO

The parents of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa will meet with Alejandro Encinas, Undersecretary of the Interior.

Viduldo Rosales Sierra, the spokesman for the parents of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, reported that they would meet with Alejandro Encinas next Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, Undersecretary of the Interior in Mexico City. Rosales Sierra said they expect results after the third report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) has already been presented.

He mentioned that everything remains the same, so it is expected that there will be results in the meeting with the also Head of the Special Commission on the Ayotzinapa case. Another of the spokespeople of the group of parents of the 43 “normalistas,” Melitón Ortega, said that they hope that in this meeting, the federal government can present advances to the recommendations from the GIEI.

Ortega said the parents of the 43 are baffled because nearly seven months have passed, and they have not met with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, even though he promised that every month he would meet with them to inform them about the investigations.  Therefore, he announced the action plan that will be implemented to find alive the 43 missing students, which will take place from June 6 to 16.

The actions include local marches, particularly in Chilpancingo, Acapulco, and Mexico City. On June 15, a rally will be held at the Attorney General’s Office (FGR). On June 16, a march will depart from “el Angel de la Independencia” to the Anti-monument +43 in Reforma Avenue in Mexico City.

The number of disappeared people grows, but not the capacity to find them: they add up to 100,000 amid non-compliance and impunity.

Mexico reached more than 100,000 disappeared people, according to data collected by the National Search Commission in the National Registry of Disappeared and Missing Persons. In a context in which several mechanisms provided by the 2017 General Law have not been launched, international instances point out the prevalence of impunity around the issue.

So far, Jalisco ranks first with 14,951 people; Tamaulipas, the second with 11 thousand 971; the State of Mexico, the third with 10 thousand 99; and Nuevo León, the fourth with 6 thousand 218.  

74.7% are men and 24.7% women, although, in the last 12 months, women have come to represent 30% of the total.

In addition, of the 14,507 cases that remain without a reference year, after records ranging from one to 322 people between 1964 and 2006 (the highest in 1974), the figure began to skyrocket in 2007, a year after the beginning of Felipe Calderón’s six-year term, when 838 missing people were registered, to reach 5,157 in 2011, 4,180 in 2012 and 4,118 in 2013. The annual number of missing persons continued to increase in the following years. In 2018, a yearly total of 7,643 was registered, while in 2021, it was 9,732.