Given the cases of disappearance of women registered in recent weeks – estimated at 15 – the government of Nuevo León announced on Monday the creation of a special group to search for and attend to femicides.
The group will be at the disposal of the citizens and the Attorney General’s Office of the State, informed the administration of Governor Samuel García, who this morning issued an urgent decree in this matter.
Garcia— whose term began in October last year — also announced that he ordered his government to add another 200 elements to the current search group and give it powers to act immediately in the face of disappearances of women.
The creation of the new group and the strengthening of the current group will be tasks in charge of the State Security Secretariat.
Another measure announced by the state government is the improvement of search protocols.
Specifically, actions such as the issuance and rapid dissemination of bulletins for the search for disappeared persons, with the authorization of their families, were announced; generalized alert in the instances of security and civil protection, in coordination with federal and municipal authorities, and have the Ministry of Health, hospitals and the Forensic Medical Service provide information when requested.
The most recent case of disappearance is that of the young Debanhi Escobar, about whom the governor said he spoke with his family and ordered the search to be reinforced.
and very early today we set up a permanent working table with the State Prosecutor to deal with all the cases and that of Debanhi, which is the most recent.
I want to inform you that this afternoon I joined your search and we spoke personally with your family, friends, acquaintances (2)
— Samuel Garcia (@samuel_garcias) April 11, 2022
The disappearances of women and other acts of gender-based violence in Nuevo Léon sparked social protests last week.
On Sunday, activists demonstrated in front of the Government Palace in the city of Monterrey.
Read more: ‘Where are they? We are missing many’: Protest in NL for disappearances
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