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At a time when homicides are at a record high, impunity remains the norm in Mexico, despite an overhaul of the justice system aimed at increasing convictions.

The story of Juan Carlos’ father is a telling example of this reality. @katelinthicum reports:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-27/after-his-father-disappeared-the-police-did-nothing-so-his-son-set-out-to-solve-the-crime 

After his father disappeared, Juan Carlos quickly realized that he was up against not only whoever was responsible — but also the Mexican government.

Many families — especially those with less education or fewer resources — would have given up. 📸: @gary_coronado

Just 5% of killings in Mexico end in a conviction. The obstacles are especially daunting in Morelos, where Juan Carlos’ father disappeared.

In 2018, the conviction rate was less than 1% there.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-27/after-his-father-disappeared-the-police-did-nothing-so-his-son-set-out-to-solve-the-crime 

Rumors circulated that Juan Carlos’ father had lent money to a local man who was putting him off with threats of violence. He told police about the lead, but they showed little interest.

Below, a protest to the site where Juan Carlos' father was last seen. 📸: @gary_coronado

With the help of a sympathetic attorney, the man was eventually sentenced to 50 years in prison for kidnapping with intent to harm.

Today, Juan Carlos says he will not rest, because without his father’s body, the family cannot properly mourn.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-27/after-his-father-disappeared-the-police-did-nothing-so-his-son-set-out-to-solve-the-crime 

In Mexico, the homicide rate is at an all-time high.

Here is our in-depth coverage of violence in Mexico from correspondent @katelinthicum:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-27/violence-in-mexico 

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