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Urgent Action: DISAPPEARANCES STRATEGY PUTS SEARCH AT RISK (Mexico 1.24)

January 18, 2024

On December 14, 2023, president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador and representatives of the Ministry of the Interior shared the results of the Disappeared Persons Search Strategy. This strategy includes an update of a census that records the number of people disappeared nationwide, known as National Register of Missing and Disappeared Persons (RNPDNO). The authorities decreased considerably the number of disappeared and missing people, and categorized ambiguously 80,000 people, acknowledging that did not have enough data to search them. We urge the Mexican government to ensure transparency and participation of the relatives of the disappeared on the census preparation. 

take action:

  • Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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Contact information:

Minister Luisa María Alcalde Luján

Ministry of Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación)

Carretera Bucareli 99

Colonia Juárez, Cuauhtemoc

C.P. 06600

Ciudad de México

Twitter/X: @Segob_mx

Email: [email protected]

   Mexican Embassy in the United States

Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma Barragán

1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20006

Phone: (202) 728-1600

Email: [email protected]

sample letter:

Dear Minister, 

I am concerned about the impact that the Disappeared Persons Search Strategy could have on the search of the people disappeared and missing. The National Search Strategy was neither consulted nor coordinated with the search collectives in the country, which has raised serious doubts about the way in which disappeared and missing persons are being counted.

Recent changes in the National Search Commission have hindered the work to find the hundreds of thousands of missing and disappeared people in the country. The Mexican government’s new strategy focuses on demonstrating that the disappearance situation in Mexico is improving, rather than on finding the disappeared and missing persons. 

According to the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, among other international documents, families of disappeared people have the right to truth and effective investigations.

Therefore, I urge you to take all necessary measures to ensure truth and justice for the victims of disappearance in Mexico, including by guaranteeing transparency and participation of the relatives of the disappeared and missing people on the census preparation.  

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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