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Until We Find You: The Disappeared of Ayotzinapa / Hasta encontrarte: Los desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 pm

On September 26, 2014, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College, traveling by bus in Iguala, Guerrero, came under armed attack by police. The police abducted 43 of the students. They have not been seen since. Emily Pederson’s photographs capture the relentless struggle to find the missing 43, and amplify the demand for truth and justice that has reverberated across Mexico and the world.

As we approach the third anniversary of the events in Iguala, the Hemispheric Institute invites you to an evening honoring the missing 43 students and the ongoing struggle to find them. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition, the launch of the accompanying digital publication, and a panel discussion on human rights and impunity in the aftermath of Ayotzinapa.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Emily Pederson is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. She has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, covering social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. Her first short film, They Took Them Alive, delves deep into the Mexican government’s coverup of the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of police. Created for Field of Vision, it has been selected for U.S. and international film festivals and won the Emerging Filmmaker Grand Prize at the March on Washington Film Festival. Emily’s documentary work has also been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, La Jornada, The Huffington Post, and El Faro. She holds a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University.

Anna Norris is a curator and photo editor with a special interest in social issues and a focus on the Americas.


Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. Since 1992, Doyle has worked with Latin American human rights groups, truth commissions, prosecutors and judges to obtain secret government archives that shed light on state violence. She has edited several books and written dozens of reports, book chapters, articles, and blogs in Spanish-language and U.S. media. Her work has been featured in the award-winning documentary "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" and in the Stephen Spielberg production of "Finding Oscar", which tells the story of the decades-long search for a child survivor of a massacre in Guatemala.

Leonor Arteaga is a Salvadoran attorney and the Senior Program Officer for the Transitional Justice Program at the Due Process of Law Foundation. She worked previously as the Deputy Ombudsman for the Rights of the Child and Youth at the Human Rights Ombudsman's Office (Procuraduría para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, PDDH). She also worked at the Association for the Search for Disappeared Children (Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos), where she accompanied victims and families at the community level and litigated criminal cases on forced disappearances.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.