LAW: Paz y Paz and the Missing 43


Claudia Paz y Paz investigated the disappearance of 43 Mexican students. Brittany Arsiniega profiles Claudia Paz y Paz's groundbreaking life and work.

On September 27, 2014, in the early hours of the morning, 43 students from a rural teacher’s college were forcibly disappeared near Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. More than two years later, their whereabouts are still unknown. Their families continue to demand answers from President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government, whose legitimacy has been marred by its failure to adequately investigate the tragedy. Joining the families of the disappeared in their long fight for answers is Claudia Paz y Paz, a criminal law expert, and human rights leader. Paz y Paz cut her teeth investigating mass atrocities as the first female non-interim attorney general in her home country of Guatemala.

Brittany Arsiniega
Publication date: 
January 10, 2017
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article