MEXICO CITY – Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says the violence unleashed by organized crime has forced thousands of people to abandon their homes, adding to the country's internally displaced population.
The commission said Wednesday that it interviewed 1,784 people who said they had been displaced. But it also said information from others including local authorities and human rights organizations produced a total of at least 35,433 people who have fled.
Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez said the report did not measure the phenomenon as much as make it more visible so authorities can address it with a new law for victims.
An estimated 100,000 people have been killed and more than 27,000 are missing since the government launched an offensive against drug cartels at the end of 2006.