EL PASO — The first time immigration attorney John Moore represented an asylum-seeker staying in Ciudad Juárez, his client disappeared. Now, he believes she’s dead.

The 19-year-old Honduran woman attended an initial court hearing for her asylum case in May, but Moore never heard from her again after she was sent back to Mexico to await her next court date.

Her phone remained off, she didn’t return to her shelter in Juárez and Moore has been unable to contact her family members and sponsor in the U.S., even after he hired a private investigator.


Jens Gould covers politics for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He was a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City, a regular contributor for TIME in California, and produced the video series Bravery Tapes.