La Familia Hernández de Guerrero y Queens

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Text: Mauricio Palos and Adam Matthews

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La Familia Hernández de Guerrero y Queens

Mauro Hernández and his family have lived the American dream in Woodside, Queens, New York. He is originally from San Juan Tecoalcingo, a small town located 40 minutes east of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero. A place that nobody had heard before until 2014 when 43 students from the Rural Normal School "Raúl Isidro Burgos" of Ayotzinapa disappeared under circumstances that have not yet been clarified. According to the reports of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the IACHR, authorities of the three levels of government, security forces and the Guerreros Unidos cartel were implicated in the disappearance of the normalistas. For Mauro and his family, however, the violence and complicity of the government with organized crime have not been an abstract fact. In August 2014, a cartel in the state of Morelos murdered his nephew, Juan Hernández Jr., for refusing to pay $ 450 to cover a protection fee for his business. There were no official reports or a judicial investigation, nor was it the subject of newspaper reports. Mauro's nephew is another victim without a name, one of the more than one hundred thousand deaths recorded in the last eight years. Los Hernández is an example of the situations faced by undocumented Mexican immigrants in New York City, as well as those families who return to their place of origin and are trapped, some of them, in activities related to drug trafficking.

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