Los Angeles Times, 5/27/2013
Responding to anguished families and mothers on a hunger strike, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday created an investigative task force to search for thousands of missing Mexicans. The new effort comes as officials attempt to whittle down a list of more than 26,000 people who were reported missing — many seized by drug traffickers or by state security forces — during the previous six-year government of President Felipe Calderon.
“This will not be a forgotten issue,” Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said in assigning 12 investigators to the task force and setting up a single clearinghouse for missing persons reports. Until now, families of the missing have had to go state to state, morgue to morgue, jail to jail, in search of vanished relatives, with little support from authorities. “Having suffered the terrible drama of losing a loved one, [families] had to suffer the search … the terrible challenge of the bureaucratic maze,” Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam said. “Today we want to destroy that bureaucratic maze.”