Missing in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
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CNDES is the National Centre for the Disappeared in Spain. Furthermore, it is a pioneering organisation in Europe to coordinate information on missing persons.

As reported on the offical CNDES website, they recently organised the “II Training Sessions of the Network of Provincial Responsibles”. This was where more than 100 professionals came together, and were trained. All trainees belonged to the Security Forces and Bodies (Policia Nacional, Guardia Civil, Mossos d’Esquadra, Ertzaintza and Navarre Provincial Police).

Training sessions

Moreover, the sessions were divided into two shifts, with identical content. The first took place between June 8 and 10, and the second between June 13 and 15.

Both sessions were focused on achieving the objectives set out in the development of the Strategic Plan for missing persons (2022-2024). Furthermore, this training was an important and dynamic element in many of the measures detailed in the plan.

Missing persons associations

The Missing Persons Associations were also present, and had shown first-hand their projects and testimonies. Appreciation was shown for this by the attendees. Specifically, the following participated: SosDesaparecidos, QSDGlobal Foundation, AFADES, Metro a Metro, AFADECOR, ANAR Foundation, NISDE, INTERSOS and NUN HAGO ELKARTEA.

Among the speakers, Judges, police experts, personnel from the General Subdirectorate of Information and Communications Systems for Security (SGSICS) and the CNDES itself also participated.

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Continuity of training

It is intended that this type of training be carried out every six months. Therefore, continuity will be given to the topics addressed and the exchange of good work practices between the professionals of the Security Forces and Bodies in charge of investigations. Most importantly, the search for missing persons continues.

Anyone, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity or educational background, could become a missing person. The reasons for going missing are many and varied but can include;

  • VOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES
  • INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES
  • FORCED DISAPPEARANCES
  • Children and young people
  • Miscommunication
  • Misadventure
  • Gender violenc
  • Those suffering a mental illness, or depression
  • The elderly or those living with dementia
  • People with suicidal thoughts
  • Being a victim of crime

Still missing

Currently in Spain, there are hundreds of missing persons. Thankfully many are found, but also, sadly many are still missing.

 

Furthermore, if you recognise any of these people in the above image, or those from our previous article, please contact

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