PBI Mexico started accompanying Tita Radilla, AFADEM’s vice-president, in 2003. The organisation belongs to the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared (FEDEFAM). AFADEM has filed several complaints to Mexican authorities about forced disappearances and helped with the investigations. In collaboration with lawyers from the Mexican Commission for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights, AFADEM lodged a complaint against the Mexican State with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights over the forced disappearance of Tita’s father, Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, in 1974. In December 2009, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights handed down a sentence against the Mexican State in the case of Rosendo Radilla, who disappeared after being detained at a military check point in Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero. The sentence demands the State to investigate the disappearance, sanction the perpetrators, pay compensation to the family, and guarantee non-repetition. Rosendo Radilla’s forced disappearance has become an iconic case that illustrates the context of human rights violations during the period known in Mexico as the Dirty War. Due to her search for justice, Tita Radilla has received threats and suffered harassment.
Tlachinollan, founded in 1993, defends the collective rights of the Na savi, Me’phaa, Nauas, Nn´anncue and Mestizo peoples of the Montaña and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero, areas of high levels of social exclusion. Tlachinollan supports communities demanding their rights to a sane environment and prior, free and informed consultation on the implementation of economic projects (for example, mining and hydroelectric plants) in their territories, as is the case with the Júba Wajiín community. The Centre currently represents the families of the Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa students killed, disappeared and arbitrarily detained in 2014. The Centre has also represented the indigenous women Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú in their search for justice after being victims of rape and torture committed by members of the Armed Forces. In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights handed down two sentences against the Mexican State demanding sanctions against the perpetrators, compensation for the two women and assurances of non-repetition. Tlachinollan has played a crucial role in the Mexican human rights context, giving visibility to violations committed in the state of Guerrero and seeking justice for victims. Due to their work, Tlachinollan’s staff have received threats and suffered harassment. Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer at the Centre, had to leave the country temporarily in 2012 due to his risk situation. PBI has accompanied Tlachinollan since 2003.
The José María Morelos y Pavón Human Rights Centre offers legal assistance to indigenous communities and victims of human rights violations, including in cases of forced disappearances and displacements. The Centre promotes collaboration among the associations of relatives of disappeared people in Guerrero. The organisation also supports victims of labour rights violations and domestic violence. It was founded in 1997 and has worked primarily in the Centro region of Guerrero, especially in the municipalities of Chilapa de Álvarez, Atlixtac, Zitlala, Tixtla and Coyuca de Catalán. Members of the organisation have suffered harassment and surveillance due to their work with indigenous communities and the families of disappeared people. The context of violence and the strong presence of organised crime in Guerrero have made their work difficult, especially during their visits to communities, and have worsened their risk situation. PBI has accompanied the organisation since 2016.