Over 40,000 people have been disappeared across Mexico.
Some of these may be alive, and some make up the 26,000 bodies that lie unidentified in morgues across the country.
The terrifying figures of forced disappearance in Mexico speak not only of the crisis of extreme violence the country is living through, but also of the deep need to address structural injustices that allow human rights violations to continue without investigation or the punishing of those responsible. Forced disappearance is a deeply concerning phenomenon whose emotional impact on the victims is huge and difficult to overcome.
There is an urgent need to demonstrate political will at all levels of the Mexican State to search for disappeared people, identify remains and return them respectfully to their families so they can have a dignified burial and so their families can begin to processes their grief.