Grupo VIDA is a grassroots collective led by family members of people disappeared in Mexico. In January, 2015, Grupo Vida began to carry out land searches for human remains in the dry, abandoned areas around the northern Mexican city of Torreón that were transformed into killing fields in the context of the war on drugs (2006-present).
Silvia Ortiz and Óscar Sánchez Viesca's daughter Fanny was disappeared in Torreón in November of 2004, when she was 16 years old. They have been looking for her ever since. Silvia is theco-founder and president of Grupo Vida.
Silvia, Óscar and journalist Dawn Marie Paley are visiting Toronto from April 28-30 to raise awareness about Grupo VIDA's work and the ongoing crisis of disappearance in Mexico. Paley has accompanied Grupo Vida on a regular basis over the last three years.
Grupo VIDA is seeking to fundraise $2500 in order to help cover the financial expenses of searching for the disappeared (primarily gasoline, food and water in the field, and protective clothing).
Please consider supporting Grupo VIDA with a generous, tax-deductible donation to Rights Action, a Toronto based group that will make sure every dollar donated gets down to Grupo VIDA to carry on their important work.
Members of Grupo Vida search an area where it was reported human remains may be found.
Teeth discovered during a single day of recuperation.
A casing recovered from a masacre site.
Members of Grupo Vida walk out into an area where it was reported there are human remains.