The Project aims to empower the families of the disappeared, contribute to the grieving process and give them tools to fully understand the forensic investigation process. Through an innovative educational system based in popular education, EMAF will implement workshops to instruct organizations and relatives of missing persons in topics often considered technical such as case documentation, ante mortem information, search methods, chain of custody, osteological and genetical analysis.
In Mexico at least 34,000 persons have been disappeared, in response, thousands of families have organized to look for their loved ones and requested the Mexican authorities to adopt strategies that guarantee their right to truth and justice. The state has been overtaken in its search capacity, because of this, the relatives of the disappeared often feel violated by the staff in charge of the investigations, powerless to demand their rights and unaware of ways to help the investigation process.
The workshops will equip the participant organizations with critical tools to observe the strategies proposed by the authorities, understand the process of crime investigation and promote the exercise of their right to truth and to justice. The workshop will also help to identify cases that can benefit from independent forensic consultation and will be addressed by EMAF's experts.
The project will have long-term impacts by promoting accountability in forensic procedures. It is expected that the project will reduce the anxiety experienced by the relatives of the disappeared, feeling in control and linked to the search process. In the long term will contribute to psychosocial health. In collaboration with the authorities and families EMAF hopes to have a positive impact on solving cases.