Incident: Aaron Mendez, migrant shelter director, kidnapped

General Information
Title: Aaron Mendez, migrant shelter director, kidnapped
Country: Mexico
State/Province: Tamaulipas
City: Nuevo Laredo
Other Address:
Date of Incident: 2019-08-03
Security Level: Public
A Catholic priest who runs a migrant shelter was kidnapped after refusing to hand over Cuban asylum seekers to an organized crime gang. Armed civilians stormed the Casa del Migrante AMAR shelter with the intention of kidnapping several Cuban refugees in order to ransom them back to their families.
Nature of Incidents
Killings: 0
(Attempts) to destroy, vandalize or desecrate places of worship or religious buildings: 0
Closed places of worship or religious buildings: 0
Arrests/detentions: 0
Sentences: 0
Abductions: 1
Sexual assaults/harassment: 0
Forced marriages: 0
Other forms of attack (physical or mental abuse) 0
Attacked houses/property of faith adherents: 0
Attacked shops, businesses or institutions of faith adherents: 0
Forced to leave home: 0
Forced to leave country: 0
Non-physical violence : 0
Responsible Actor Category
Responsible Actor Name: Criminal groups
Responsible actor category: Organized crime
Religion of Victim(s)
Religion of victim(s): Christian (not specified)
Additional Information
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Web Sources
Name: Migrant shelter director kidnapped after refusing to give up asylum-seekers
Name: Mexico: Priest kidnapped for protecting migrants