Global Summit of Mothers of Missing Migrants

Published Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Marta Sánchez Dionis (Project Officer, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project) attended the first Global Summit of Mothers of Missing Migrants, which took place in Mexico City, Mexico, within the framework of the 8th World Social Forum on Migration, between 2–5 November.  

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together mothers and families from different parts of the world affected by the disappearance of their loved ones due to migration, build ties and strategize how they could take action together.  

Each year since 2005, the Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos (Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants) crosses Mexican territory in search of their children who have gone missing trying to reach the United States. For the first time, this year’s 14th Caravan was joined in Mexico City by mothers from other continents.  

Over 40 mothers and other family members from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Senegal, Mauritania, Tunisia and Algeria came together to share their stories and to exchange experiences of searching for information on the whereabouts of their children.  

The meeting was convened by the Mexican Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano and the Italian Carovane Migranti, two NGOs that assist mothers and families of missing migrants in Central America and Italy, respectively. By the end of the first Global Summit of Mothers of Missing Migrants, participants mapped out a plan to globalize the struggle of families searching for missing migrants.  

manifesto was collaboratively drafted on the final day of the Summit, setting out the mothers’ demands for truth and justice for their missing sons and daughters.  

Read Marta Sánchez Dionis’ blog “Resisting Invisibility: Mothers of Missing Migrants” on Border Criminologies.