Maria Isabel Franco's mother, Rosa Franco, has been trying to convince Guatemalan authorities to properly investigate her daughter's murder since 2001. She receives minimal support from authorities and her family has received anonymous death threats and harassments in retaliation.
In 2004 Rosa appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The case is still pending as the Guatemalan authorities have been slow in responding to the Commission's requests for information. In 2007, the Human Rights Ombudsman reported that María Isabel's case was handled poorly, revealing the relevant authorities' lack of interest in investigating. Her story is emblematic of the endemic numbers of femicides in Guatemala and the general climate of impunity. Read more