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Torture in Mexico: Widespread and Persistent

Torture and other cruel and degrading treatment also play a central role in policing and public security operations by military and police forces across Mexico. The Human Rights Center Paso de Norte in Juárez, Mexico has taken an active stance against torture by defending people unjus

tly arrested, tortured, and accused of serious crimes. In 2014, the Center was successful in achieving the release of 11 young men, two of whom were minors. Their stories are described in the September 2014 report of Amnesty International, “Out of Control.”

The exoneration from charges and release from prison is the first phase in a long process of recuperation. Most of the men experience various degrees of post traumatic stress and require p

sychological accompaniment. Center staff, the survivors and their families are working to deepen their understanding of what it means to “repair the damage” in psychological, economic, political, and moral terms. This will require several years of on-going work by Center staff

"Torture is out of control in Mexico and it doesn't only affect the person suffering it, it hurts society as a whole." Barbara Italia Mendez, torture survivor,  San Salvador Atenco, Mexico - Amnesty International Interview April 2014

with the survivors and their families. It will include litigation to hold the perpetrators of torture accountable for their acts. And what is true for the people of Juárez is true for all of Mexico!

In the face of such atrocities, the people of Mexico are calling for a transformation within their country. We Franciscan sisters stand in solidarity with them by accompanying families who have loved ones that have disappeared and the survivors of torture and their families. We maintain a loving, non-violent presence that seeks to support the families of the disappeared and the survivors of torture so they can develop the strength and courage to continue the search for their loved ones and prod the government to assume its responsibility as a defender of human rights.