Missing Person Records in Mexico Differ Between Official Sources [In Spanish]

Animal Político, 3/7/2012

Children, teenagers, adults, seniors, students, workers, housewives… people who one day had a future ahead of them but suddenly disappeared on the next. The ads and posters of missing persons in Mexico accumulate, but no official institution carries a strict record of the people who are reported missing, gone or disappeared. For example, while the Secretariat of Public Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, SSP) at the federal level has a record of 2,044 cases, the online database of the Office of the Federal Attorney General (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR) shows 4,800 cases. Further contrasting are the figures released by the Office of the Attorney General of Justice at the Federal District (Procuraduría de Justicia del DF), which carries a record of 5,229 cases of people missing throughout the country.

The SSP at the federal level is the institution that must be in charge of updating the National Registry of Missing Persons (Registro Nacional de Personas Extraviadas). The present reality, however, is the stark discrepancy between these figures and the sense of national grievance exacerbated by the ignorance of the authorities.

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