Until We Find Them:
The Disappeared in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru
Doria Yanette Bautista Montañez
Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista, Colombia
Asociación de Familiares Detenidos-Desaparecidos en Colombia (ASFADDES), Colombia
Wilson De los Reyes Aragón
Impunity Watch, Guatemala
Nadín Reyes Maldonado
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos “Hasta Encontrarlos,” México
José Pablo Baraybar
Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense, Peru
Monday, March 18, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Ave NW
4th Floor Conference Room
Disappearances are not only a past human rights tragedy, but an ongoing crisis in some countries of Latin America. During Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, an estimated 45,000 were disappeared by State forces; family members continue to search for their loved ones and seek justice. Over 26,000 people have been disappeared in Mexico since 2006, according to a government database. In recent decades, over 75,000 people have been registered as disappeared in Colombia, over 18,500 of whom are recognized by the Colombian government as forcibly disappeared. In Peru, the search for the disappeared continues after 15,000 people were disappeared during the internal armed conflict between 1980 and 2000. Beyond the terrifying statistics, the impact of disappearances on families is profound: “To the torment of absence is added the sorrow of doubt,” in the words of Colombian scholar Alfredo Molano.
Come listen to these five inspiring civil society leaders on the search for justice for the disappeared in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru.