Restitution - June 13th, 2019

Happiness for a new restitution, Javier Matías Darroux Mijalchuk

  • Author: Abuelas
  • Translation:Red Argentina Por El Derecho A La Identidad - Canada/Usa

His parents were disappeared in December 1977

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo communicates a new restitution, number 130. This is Javier Matías Darroux Mijalchuk, son of Elena Mijalchuk and Juan Manuel Darroux, both disappeared in December 1977. He is here to tell about his search, so the society knows about his case and perhaps, in this way, to obtain some information about the fate of his parents. The investigations carried out by the National Commission for the right to identity (CONADI for its Spanish acronym) and later by the Prosecutor's Specialized Unit for Cases of Appropriation of Children have not been able to arrive at any conclusive information. Thanks to the joint work of Grandmothers, the CONADI and the National Genetic Data Bank (BNDG), Matías was able to meet his family, know his biological origin and start another search - that of his brother or sister - because at the time of disappearance, Elena was Two months pregnant.

The parents

Juan Manuel Darroux worked in the Argentine Naval prefecture from December 1961 to June 1966. From September 1969 to May 1975 he worked at the University of Morón, in administrative tasks, and there he met Elena Mijalchuk, who studied the career of public accountant in that establishment. Elena and Juan Manuel became couple and although her family initially opposed the relationship due to the age difference - he was older than she - they finally accepted the relationship. Elena moved in with Juan Manuel, who was already living alone in Buenos Aires city. His family was from San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires.

According to the file of the University of Morón, Elena took her first subject in 1969 and the last one in December 1976. On August 5, 1977, at the German Hospital of Buenos Aires, her first son was born. They called him Javier Matías, and although Elena's preferred name was Matías, Javier was added so that the child would have the same initials as his father. Over time the tensions with the Mijalchuk family were left behind, to the point that the couple moved with them to the family home in Caseros, Province of Buenos Aires. Soon after, Elena got pregnant again. She told her mother and brother Roberto as well as Juan Manuel had also mentioned it to her half-brother Raúl Venturelli.

The disappearances

At the time of the kidnapping, Juan Manuel, Elena and Little Javier Matías, were already living in Caseros. The last thing the family knew about Juan Manuel was through his cousins Luis Molina and Domingo Carmelo Graziadio, in early December 1977. They had met him in a canteen in the town of Valentín Alsina, in the intersection of the streets Rucci and Viamonte, where they used to gather. Then, Juan Manuel asked his cousin Domingo to drive him closer to Paraná street and the Pan-American highway, north of the urban area. Domingo left him there but since he had noticed he was worried, decide to return to the dropping place and, then, that is when he saw his cousin arguing hotly with four men who took him to a metallic blue Chevy. It was the last time he saw him.

Elena found out about the situation. Juan Manuel did not appear and she did not know where to look for him. By the end of December 1977, she received a call and then a letter in which her husband told him that on December 26th he was to meet some colleagues in Buenos Aires. On the eve of the day, in Christmas Day, Elena showed the letter to her parents and asked them to bring her to the place with her baby. The following day, as it was agreed, they took Elena and the little Javier Matías to the appointment, on Pampa avenue between Lugones and Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, in Nú˝ez. That was the last time they saw them.

The Search

The Mijalchuk family did not know anyone who could provide them with information. At the end of the 80's, both they and the Darroux asked the courts for the presumption of death. But in May 1999 Roberto Mijalchuk [uncle] decided to denounce the disappearance of his pregnant sister, his brother-in-law and nephew. Thus, a file about a disappeared pregnant woman is opened at Conadi and another file in the CONADEP.

Roberto left as contact a telephone line that, in all these years, he never disconeected, hoping to receive some news on day. The families Mijalchuk and Darroux were incorporating their samples to the National Genetic Data Bank. Grandmothers, for their part, asked the courts to carry out exhumations of the deceased relatives to complete the genetic information. The last sample that was added was the one of his paternal Grandmother, Natividad Arelano Venturelli which, together with the enlargement of markers analyzed by the bank, allowed Matías to be identified. At the same time, CONADI's teams unsuccessfully investigated the causes of the couple's disappearance.

Meanwhile, a young man with doubts about his identity approached the Grandmothers, Cordoba branch. He always knew that he was not the son of those who raised him and his record of adoption consigned that he had been found by a woman on the night of December 27, 1977. It was at the intersection of Ramallo and Greece, three blocks from the ex-ESMA, near where that same morning Elena Mijalchuk was seen with her baby for the last time. By the decision of the courts, the baby was left in custody for adoption to a couple, with whom he was raised in the city of Buenos Aires. The boy moved to Córdoba in 1999 and there began his search. At the same time, in Grandmothers Capital, there had been allegations about a young man allegedly a son of disappeared persons which were incorporated into the case for further investigation.

The Reunion

As in all cases of people with doubts about their identity, Grandmothers referred the investigation to CONADI, which ordered the genetic studies. In October 2016, the bank reported that the profile of the man coincided with that of the family Darroux Mijalchuk, but the causes of disappearance of his parents still remained indeterminate. CONADI, then; referred the case to the prosecutor's unit which completed the investigation and, then; filed it with the federal court, where data and testimonies continue to be collected until today.

Javier's uncle, Roberto Mijalchuk, received the long-awaited call to that landline phone he had never disconnected. CONADI informed him that his nephew has been found and that they could meet. Matías Javier Darroux Mijalchuk found about his origins and today the Grandmothers welcome to this huge family to restore his right to identity and contribute to the reconstruction of his history.