Faced with the enormous challenges that this situation entails and from what we can contribute as Centro Prodh, we have accompanied the search for truth and justice of numerous families looking for their loved ones. We have had to reinvent ourselves to respond in the best way possible to the crisis, putting our technical, material and human capacities and resources at the service of the victims.
Given the magnitude of the crisis of disappearances and the exponential increase in the number of requests for accompaniment that we receive at the Center, we identified a way of responding to the crisis. We developed an accompaniment scheme for groups or communities that we have strengthened over the last few years, to help them understand the investigation process, their rights within it, and to follow up on their investigation files.
Centro Prodh has at times been at the centre of controversy. For example, in its support for women’s rights. It has been accused of deviating from the norms of the Catholic Church. What can you say about this?
The answer is simple: Centro Prodh has never taken an official stance against any of the official norms of the Church, ever! Centro Prodh has a clear position in favor of the defense of women’s rights, in the broadest terms in which they can be understood, based on a progressive understanding of these rights in accordance with international human rights law and what our own Mexican Supreme Court of Justice has ruled.
Inserted as we are in a macho and patriarchal culture, we have no doubt that we still have innumerable challenges ahead of us, both ad intra and ad extra, in terms of effectively contributing to the construction of a more just society between men and women. We undoubtedly share this with the Church, which still has much to do to ensure a dignified place for women in all areas.