Ana Claribel
Amatlan de los Reyes
Veracruz, 2015

Although no official figures exist, it is thought that at least 70,000 migrants and refugees have gone missing in Mexico since 2006. By the summer of 2015, more than 60 million people around the globe had been forced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, or violence.

In late 2015, Ana Claribel Mendoza (pictured), from El Salvador, toured parts of Mexico looking for her son, Marvin Alberto, who disappeared in 2013, on his way to the United States. She was one of roughly 40 Central American mothers who visited prisons, shelters, as well as other spots along the migrant route, looking for missing sons and daughters. 

“It is women who suffer the most,” Mendoza said. “When someone leaves, they leave a mother, a grandmother, or a wife, with the kids, and we’re the ones who have to struggle alone. I tell you that this pain turns into anger when we have to look for the ones that have gone missing.”