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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mexico creates task force to search for missing

     President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday created a task force to search for thousands of missing Mexicans. The Los Angeles Times reported. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong assigned 12 investigators to the force; it said he told foreign reporters that the current number of 26,121 reported missing will be greatly reduced with more accurate documentation.

     That documentation may come through a clearinghouse being developed for all the missing persons' cases. The paper said the task force was created after "a group of mothers staged a nine-day sit-in and hunger strike outside the attorney general's office building."

Los Angeles Times: "Mexico creates task force to search for the missing: More than 26,000 people were reported missing — many seized by drug traffickers or security forces — during former President Felipe Calderon's six-year tenure."

April 2012 story: "Mexico passes victims law that will create registry of dead, missing"
April 2013 story: "El Universal editorial says that there is, finally, a national protocol to be followed to catalogue missing persons"
March 2013 story: "L.A. Times editorializes on Mexico's disappeared, calls for a central database of missing people"