Chantal Flores (2016) is an award-winning Mexican freelance journalist and documentarian who has worked in Toronto, New York, Ghana, Guyana, Central America and Mexico. Her work has been published in Vice News, Rolling Stone México, In These Times, Upworthy, Vice Sports and Vice México. She is the Latin American regional editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. She is an honors graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada.
Flores’ book proposal deals with the effect on society of the recent disappearance of some 27,000 people in Mexico. She tells the story through the eyes of parents searching for their disappeared children.
She writes: “In the past year, I have been investigating disappearances and forced disappearances in three Mexican states: Guerrero, Coahuila and Sinaloa. They don’t only have some of the higher rates, but they have groups of relatives of the disappeared that have become forensic experts and unstoppable searchers. Only in Iguala, Guerrero, more than 140 bodies have been found since November 2014.
“The argument that the book will mainly put forth is that a new lifestyle and society is forming due to the crisis of disappearances and the collective effort of hundreds of families across Mexico that are taking on government’s responsibilities to try to understand why their family is incomplete.”