The relatives and survivors are the driving force of our work.
It seeks to respond to the demand of hundreds of families who want to know what happened to their loved ones; they hope to know the truth. We carry out a series of search strategies for missing persons that include approaching relatives to offer support and attention; the exploration of possible hiding sites of bodies, such as military installations and municipal cemeteries; strengthening forensic processes.
It aims to have an effective realization of the right to justice for the victims and their families. To do this, we seek to provide investigations and substantive evidence of crimes committed, facilitating the process to do justice. The FAFG’s approach is to document, preserve and present the evidence and reports of the investigations, working on the inclusion of family members, strengthening of legal processes and relationships of the people involved in criminal cases.
It focuses mainly on the work FAFG does for the relatives of victims of sexual abuse during the Internal Armed Conflict, promoting an integral reparation in which the State is an active part with constructive actions and the creation of reconciliation processes. The exhumations and burials themselves are means of reparation, in which members of the communities are present and interrelate to share their experiences.
It seeks to avoid repeating what happened during the Internal Armed Conflict, focusing on making the truth known, which was revealed through the investigations and life stories compilation. With all the accumulated experience, in Transitional Justice is the right moment to implement more measures that complement the advances obtained in other components of Truth, Justice and Reparation. The aim is for society to appropriate its own history, to know the truth, to understand the dimension of the problem of victims and their relatives related to the Internal Armed Conflict. Also, to understand how history has been instrumental in increasing the marginalization and racist gap towards indigenous peoples.