MEXICO CITY — The variety of folks formally listed as disappeared in Mexico has risen to greater than 100,000, authorities knowledge confirmed on Monday, as household teams referred to as on authorities to do extra to search out victims of violence linked to organized crime.
The Interior Ministry’s nationwide registry of lacking folks dates again to 1964 and is up to date periodically. Over the previous two years, it has risen from about 73,000 folks to greater than 100,000, most of them males.
Human rights teams and households of the lacking expressed alarm and urged the federal government to urgently perform more practical searches and investigations.
“It’s incredible that disappearances are still on the rise,” mentioned Virginia Garay, whose son vanished in 2018 within the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.
Garay now works with different households in a gaggle referred to as Warriors Searching for Our Treasures to attempt to monitor down lacking family members, one in all many civil society teams doing such work.
The authorities isn’t doing sufficient to search out them,” she mentioned.
Cases of disappearances have spiked since 2007, after former President Felipe Calderon despatched the military into the streets to combat drug traffickers, unleashing a wave of violence that the present administration remains to be grappling with.
A report final week revealed that circumstances of lacking migrants in Mexico jumped almost fourfold in 2021 from 2020.