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MEXICO: Donovan Tavera, Mexico's only forensic cleaner

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Donovan carries out a forensic cleaning in the middle-class neighborhood of Colonia del Valle, Mexico City, Mexico on April 26th, 2016. The 65-year-old deceased --who was HIV positive-- worked as a painter, and lived on the roof of the private psychologist's clinic where he had been receiving treatment for depression. His body was discovered in the practice three days after he committed suicide, when his psychologist was alerted by the odor and the presence of flies. Donovan Tavera, 43, is the director of “Limpieza Forense México”, the country’s first and so far the only government-accredited forensic cleaning company. Since 2000, Tavera, a self-taught forensic technician, and his family have offered services to clean up homicides, unattended death, suicides, the homes of compulsive hoarders and houses destroyed by fire or flooding. Despite rising violence that has left 70,000 people dead and 23,000 disappeared since 2006, Mexico has only one certified forensic cleaner. As a consequence, the biological hazards associated with crime scenes are going unchecked all around the country. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus