Campaign image for the 2014 International Day of the Disappeared in Guatemala.
© ICRC / Guatemalan Red Cross
- Migrants from Central America and Mexico attempting to cross the US-Mexican border often lose contact with their families.
- In 2013 more than 3,300 migrants in Guatemala, around 7,800 in Honduras and 895 in Mexico called their families from ICRC-funded phone stations run by the Red Cross Societies of each country.
- Families continue to search for information on relatives missing in connection with migration, past conflicts and current violence.
- Hundreds of unidentified bodies are buried every year, and the ICRC is working with the authorities to reduce the number of bodies buried without being identified.
- In Guatemala, families of missing persons receive financial or logistical support for exhumations and burials from the ICRC. With ICRC support, 14 civil society organizations have collected the records of some 11,000 people missing since the armed conflict.