Two years have passed since 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in Mexico disappeared, and families are still without answers.
The Mexican government initially stated that police handed the students to drug gang Guerreros Unidos who murdered and incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump; however, a group of international forensic experts performed a separate investigation and concluded that such events were not likely. The account sparked thousands to protest throughout Mexico and gained international coverage.
Two years later, family and friends of the 43 missing students remain fighting for answers.
On Monday, Mexican and human rights supporters will take to the streets of New York – and other cities across the world – to demand justice for those disappeared.
"The mass kidnapping was really about silencing protestors, silencing an entire group of people, who are exposing what the government is doing bad," Silvia García, a native from Mexico City marching in New York, told NBC News, noting that the students were on their way to a demonstration before the kidnapping.
García experienced a similar state-sanctioned tragedy of her own.
More than two decades ago, police kidnapped her father, José García Loza, who was murdered five years later in an unrelated carjacking.
"The impotence of not knowing where they are. Waiting and hoping to find them well. I suffered that way for my father. And because of that pain I can connect in part with the parents," García said, referring to the families of the Ayotzinapa students.
Antonio Tizapa, the father of one of the missing students, Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, will speak at the demonstration in Time Square, while several activists will read the names of the 43 young people.