Human rights defender
Graciela dedicating her life to search for disappeared persons in Mexico, seeking to generate citizens’ mechanisms that provide access to truth and identity, and consequently to memory and justice in a peaceful way. As a founding member of the project Forensic Citizen Science, Graciela seeks to strengthen the collection of evidence of disappeared persons. This project has established the National Citizen Registry of Disappeared Persons, which analyzes the disappearances independently and researches possible patterns around this phenomenon.
Human rights violations in Mexico
Graciala works in a complicated socio-political environment, in which fear for disappearances is a daily reality. Tamaulipas is affected by impunity and corruption between the federal government, police authorities, justice agencies and crime groups. More than 5,000 people have been recorded as missing in Tamaulipas by the federal government, from a total of 30,000 across the country. Over the past years Graciela and her colleagues have become the victim of security threats and harassment as a result of their work.
Threats and harassment