On July 14, 2014, teacher Mirna Nereida received terrible news: Her son Roberto had gone missing – an all too common occurrence in the ultra-violent drug trafficking heartland of Sinaloa in northern Mexico where she lives.
With the police refusing to help, Mirna set off on a desperate mission to find her son, dead or alive. Gathering up family members and friends and armed with machetes and shovels, she began scouring the Sinaloan countryside for possible clandestine graves.
Finally, in August 2017, after three years of searching, she found Roberto’s body in an unmarked grave on a deserted hill-top.
This heartbreaking experience led her to establish a support group and search bloc called Las Rastreadoras del Fuerte – or The Women Trackers of El Fuerte. Since then,