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MEXICO: Donovan Tavera, Mexico's only forensic cleaner

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Donovan parked at Mexico City’s iconic Angel of Independence monument, smoking and listening to his favorite AM radio station in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Some nights he will spend up to an hour there, peacefully watching over the empty streets. 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