Graciela Perez interview with Valéria Barbosa at Costa do Sauípe - 2016 13 th AWID

Valéria Barbosa
Posted March 26, 2020 from Brazil
Valéria Barbosa and Graciela Perez
Defender of Human Rights, she works with the families of missing persons. Graciela Perez from Mexico. A woman with great pain and greater strength than pain is joy together. We cried together, we laughed together and I took the opportunity to inter-view her for World Pulse. Graciela Perez interview with Valéria Barbosa at Cos-ta do Sauipe - 2016 2020. * Life updating a story.* Technology gives us flexibility. An article made in 2016, revised, translated and posted in 2020, can be modified by curiosity and the use of equipment and the internet. How? I did a story yesterday about dear Mexican companion Graciela Peres. She created an Organization in Mexico for the implantation of a piece of DNA to research the bodies found of missing persons in Mexico. For this article I used a pocket recorder in 2016, just yesterday 26/003/2020, it was done due to the difficulty of finding someone to do the translation from Spanish to Portuguese. I interviewed her and I understand everything she said to me, but out of respect for her speech, I didn't want to write the text without the necessary technique. I asked for help via Whatsapp to my friend Adriana Kaíros, who lives in the favela da Maré and immediately did it. While she was translating I searched my card for that day and found it getting the IDD of Mexico over the internet, adding Graciela's phone number and getting in touch with her and everything with a phone, via Whatsapp. The material used on the card has already changed and even so this resource helped me to find it by having written the pen number of Graciela Perez. He remembered me and we were happy that after these long three years and six months we met again, but Graciela Perez's pain at the loss of not finding answers about the bodies of her family cries in her actions and cries in her feelings. We were able to talk and update Graziela's actions. Wishing she could reach her goal. Valéria Barbosa -: Hugs sister. I have never forgotten it, I always ask the Virgin of Guadalupe to give her strength. Hugs. Did you manage to make your family's DNA? GRACIELA PEREZ: I'm still looking for them. GRACIELA PEREZ: Thousands are missing GRACIELA PEREZ: I followed that forced march, but I couldn't continue and I was alone in the field search. Valéria Barbosa: And the Forensic Science Organization, are you still part of it? GRACIELA PEREZ: Forensic science did not belong to anyone, we formed several groups of families to collect DNA samples from families with missing people, but that gave guidelines for us to install ourselves in the search engines ... since DNA remains a means identification. Now, at the national level, we are promoting the creation of an Extraordinary Forensic Identification Mechanism that we are creating only with the government, although it is very slow I named my group after my daughter Milynali Red. GRACIELA PEREZ: This has just been achieved by several groups of families, we struggled to find them. GRACIELA PEREZ: We just created our own protocol for finding citizens on extermination sites GRACIELA PEREZ: I was greatly helped by an award I received for the human rights of Tulipan in the Netherlands. Although he only helped me for a year, he laid the groundwork and now we must continue Valéria Barbosa: Tomorrow I will put these stories that you sent me in the story. If you remember more facts and want me to put you here, let me do it. The video will need to be published on YouTube before you can publish it on the WordPulse platform. Good evening. I'm going to sleep. I woke up very early to face the queue and get a flu shot. I'm quarantined at home. Today leaves after 12 days. Very sad for the world situation due to the Corona virus. Here, the President wants everything to return to normal due to the country's economy. If this happens due to great political pressure, I don't know how to be? GRACIELA PEREZ Just like we are isolated. But the president still downplays him. GRAZIELA PERES: Rest. hug Valéria Barbosa: Yes, I'm going to rest, I already posted the video on YouTube. Happy to see you again and talk to you around here. Hugs dear. Health. Take care. GRACIELA PEREZ: Blessings! Valéria Barbosa Blessings for us and for the world. This way we saw that just click to find a friend on the other side and bring him very close to the heart. In this moment of so much pain in the world, where a virus puts in check the attitude of managers in thinking about emergency life vs. life x economy, Graciela Perez with her tireless action shows us that: Life is worth a lot and even when it is taken from the family your search is eternal. Gratitude to Gracila for the generosity to share her story and to the Google Translate that gives me the opportunity to tell you how much I love them. Take care if your life is worth a lot to yours.

Valéria Barbosa: Graciela Perez talking about missing people. Graziela is from Mexico.

Graciela Perez: Yes, in Mexico, we have a serious problem of missing persons. In particular, I have five missing relatives: my daughter, my brother and three children in the state of Tamaulipas. This was on August 14, 2012. As a result, we created a database to register missing persons in Mexico, since the authorities were unable to do so, so we organized ourselves thanks to two studies that won a project in England. . But they got the project and what was done for families with missing people. Therefore, Ciudadana Forensic Science (Citizen Forensic Science) to which I belong, is a humanitarian organization. Because they [the scientists] were not affected by the others for 2, 3 years and we are setting this up. So, after registering a citizen in the national register of missing persons, we are setting up a biological DNA bank per citizen. Because we know what Mexico is like, how many clandestine graves have been affected and we want our own DNA record, because we really don't trust the authorities. Because we know that there are many bodies found across the country and the authorities are not checking the DNA of those bodies. So they need ... They have bodies at the borders and we are with families. Everything we try to contrast, but we are building. But it is necessary humanitarian work. It is not mine, it belongs to all families that are in the same situation in Mexico.

Valéria Barbosa: How many families are served in this program?

Graciela Peresz: We ... reached approximately 850 families. Eight hundred and fifty registered. We are working on sampling. Sampling is the cell of the same family. I know we are not forensic experts, but we have learned. The peculiarity of this is that the authorities believed that there was nothing we could do. It is a way, because they assume that we are victims and we only need to be crying. But we are learning and showing that ... Well, if someone doesn't, we will.

Valéria Barbosa: How many victims have gone missing? You have a sense of how many people from these families, only yours are five.

Graziela Peres: Well, my family is five, but there is no exact, official number. For the authorities there is no number. They talk about 27 thousand ... They talk about, about ... That 27 thousand, three years ago, 27 thousand ... But it increased. So, it is already a situation, I say, of crime against humanity. But they don't want to consider, but they don't want to, they don't want to be investigated, they don't want to. The authorities do not want to invest. What the authorities say is that these are isolated cases, but we are thousands of families in Mexico.

Valéria Barbosa: How many people work in your organization?

Graciela Perez: When did we start?

Valéria Barbosa: How many people work in your organization? For this world of 7 thousand?

Graciela Perez: All work is voluntary. We call them ambassadors because in all states, in all municipalities, in all places where there is a disappearance situation, they are coming together. So, at least, we have an ambassador in all the states of Mexico. But they also have ambassadors like a pyramid. I mean, I have a missing family member, I join, someone has a missing family member, they join as well. There is no number, because anyone who has a missing relative can be here.

 

Valéria Barbosa: But a technical person to help you, to give psychological support to families, to provide infrastructure, even social, because these families must be moved ... Do you have these people in your group, who support you?

Graziela Peres: We don't do that. There are other organizations like these, which support psychologically. So we came together. We'll take care of it here. We do the registration and the biological bank. But there are other organizations that are united by those who are here. So we got together to help us on the issue of digital security, on the issue of human rights, on the issue of legal advice, on the psycho-social issue, that. So, we try to join efforts because we cannot do everything. While one is dedicated to seeking and the other helps us to heal the soul and others help us with the technological issue. We do so.

Valéria Barbosa: And to ensure your safety, who does this? Because you are handling a hornet's nest. They are moving ... Who gives you this guarantee?

Graciela Perez: Nobody. Only U.S. So, we are here, alone.

Valéria Barbosa: increasingly strengthen this network, right ?!

Graciela Perez: We are with God.

 

(Spanish to Portuguese translation: Adriana Kairos)

Portuguese to English. Google translator.

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 26
Mar 26

Thank you for sharing, be safe, stay in home

Valéria Barbosa
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi dear friend Anita . Thank you for your attention.

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Valeria,

Wow! What an amazing interview. Thanks so much for sharing, and for interviewing Graciela. What a great service she created and is providing. I wish the crime rate and missing persons would decrease, though:-(

Valéria Barbosa
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi dear friend Jill. Thank you for your attention. Graciela Perez is a great woman and has done a lot for her people.

Jill Langhus
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hello Lovely:-)

You're welcome! It sounds like it!

Hope you and your family are safe and well, dear.

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 12
Apr 12

Dear Valeria,
You interview with Graziela shows the power of what one determined woman can create, a community of people determined to find loved ones and answers to what happened to them. What she and her community have built is a plan that now others can learn from, and that hopefully will find loved ones. The lack of government help is inexcusable. This work being done reminds me of the Indigenous women leaders here in my country who formed "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" MMIW, because of government inaction. It has grown, now families of missing Indigenous family members has grown. It is heartening to see how Graziela's work has grown. The backstory of how you picked up on earlier contact using so many ways that technology can help is also so inspiring. Best wishes to Graziela and all who are working to find love ones.

jocey03
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hello Valeria,
Thank you for sharing this interview and this information. I am originally from Mexico and I currently live in the US. I left Mexico because I did not feel safe, and it is really sad that many young people and women have to go through this, walking around the streets and feeling unsafe and fear of getting kidnap, robed, or even rape. Thank you for sharing this story.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Valeria,
Thank you for sharing this interview. Stay home and stay safe dear sister.
Have a blessed weekend.

Chioma Nwaoha
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hello Beautiful,
Thank you so much for sharing,.We love you dearly.

JULITON
May 30
May 30

God will hear our cry, keep a move