Mexico’s official ‘disappeared’ list is over 100,000

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MEXICO CITY — The number of people officially listed as missing in Mexico rose to more than 100,000, government data showed on Monday, as family groups called on authorities to do more to find victims of organized crime-related violence.

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The National Register of Missing Persons of the Ministry of the Interior dates from 1964 and is updated periodically. Over the past two years, it has grown from around 73,000 to over 100,000, mostly men.

Human rights groups and families of the missing have expressed concern and urged the government to carry out more effective searches and investigations as a matter of urgency.

“It’s unbelievable that the disappearances continue to increase,” said Virginia Garay, whose son disappeared in 2018 in Nayarit state on the Pacific coast.

Garay now works with other families in a group called Warriors Searching for Our Treasures to try to find missing loved ones, one of many civil society groups doing such work.

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“The government is not doing enough to find them,” she said.

Cases of disappearances have risen since 2007, after former President Felipe Calderon sent the army to the streets to fight drug traffickers, sparking a wave of violence that the current administration is still grappling with.

A report last week found that cases of missing migrants in Mexico almost quadrupled in 2021 compared to 2020.

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