Many of Chicago’s Mexican-Americans trace their roots to the state of Michoacan. That’s where Mago Torres, an investigative reporter, found the first of 2,000 unmarked graves belonging to victims of Mexico’s drug war. While many argue that the War on Drugs has cooled down in recent years, the effects of this decades-long conflict are still being understood. Torres argues, too, that the violence hasn’t gone away because accountability is still sorely lacking. Torres helped create an online catalog of the graves called “A Donde Van los Desaparecidos” (Where Have the Disappeared Gone?), and co-authored a piece in The Intercept titled “2,000 Clandestine Graves: How A Decade Of The Drug War Turned Mexico Into A Burial Ground.”
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