Searching for Mexico’s Missing

In the absence of a rigorous government‑led approach for investigating the thousands of missing person cases in their country, Mexican citizens are taking matters into their own hands. Rodolfo Franco, MA’06, is helping to coordinate their efforts.

All photos courtesy of Gobernanza Forense Ciudadana AC unless otherwise noted.

“If 43 students can go missing in a town in Guerrero, there’s no reason why 43 students from the university I teach at could not go missing tomorrow,” says Rodolfo Franco, a part‑time faculty member at Tec de Monterrey, as he gravely describes the human rights situation in Mexico. The country is on edge. It has been entrenched in a drug war for nearly a decade, and lately it’s become apparent that anyone could be a kidnapping target.