Photo: Miguel Angel Osorio talking to families of missing persons
The Mexican government on Monday announced the creation of a Missing Persons Search Unit aimed at ending the “bureaucratic labyrinth” facing thousands of citizens in the search for the loves ones.
Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that the creation of the unit seeks to provide continuity to the investigation of missing persons cases and answers regarding the whereabouts of people who have disappeared.
The common denominator among the complaints of relatives of missing persons is “the abandonment of the investigation” sometimes for reasons attributable to a specific person but on other occasions because the “system was not coordinated,” he said.
Therefore, the key now will be “to coordinate ourselves,” meaning “having a plan, an objective, (taking) specific action ... defining who is responsible for what,” he said at a special ceremony at which he was accompanied by Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio.
The deputy attorney general for human rights, Ricardo Garcia Cervantes, said that the unit will be comprised initially of 12 officers from the Federal Public Ministry with the support of a permanent Federal Police team.
He exhorted the officials to take on the responsibility to provide to “a family the peace it means to know what happened to their loved one” and to end the “brutal impotence of not knowing if they are alive, if they are suffering, if they are being mistreated.”
In February, the Mexican government revealed that there existed an official list of 26,121 people who have “not been located” for different reasons - not necessarily related to organized crime - and it announced that the list needed to be purged or updated.
Last week, the Interior Ministry estimated that the updating of the database will be completed nationwide in two months.