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Mexico: meeting of experts to standardize forensic practices at national level

16-05-2011 News Release 11/114

Mexico City (ICRC) – From 16 to 18 May, more than 60 forensic experts will take part in the Second National Meeting of Forensic Medical Services, organized by the Federal District High Court of Justice and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

During the meeting the forensic experts will analyse the draft of a single procedure for the management of unidentified dead bodies, which aims to facilitate exchanges between different Mexican states so as to improve possibilities for identifying bodies.

They will also look at identification forms based on international models, which could be used at national level. Moreover, the experts will be able to share experiences and good practices with foreign specialists in relation to the management of dead bodies.

"The ICRC is aware of the anguish suffered by families who do not know the whereabouts of their loved ones. The aim of this meeting is to reduce the number of people who are buried without prior identification," said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC regional delegation in Mexico City, which covers Mexico, Central America and Cuba.

After the First Meeting held in June 2010, a working group comprising forensic experts from six states (Chiapas, Chihuahua, Federal District, Guerrero, Mexico and Sinaloa) and supported by ICRC counterparts, drew up the draft of a single procedure and a number of identification forms, which will be analysed at the Second Meeting.

Every year in Mexico hundreds of bodies are buried without being identified, including those of numerous migrants who meet tragic deaths while attempting to enter the United States of America.  

For further information, please contact:
Dénes Benczédi or Julio César Torres, ICRC, Mexico, tel. +52 55 25 81 21 10
or +52 1 5543 60 22 04