Mexico's lower house of congress has approved a bill to compensate victims of drug-related violence and families of casualties.
The legislation creates a national institution that allocates federal funds paying reparations for damages to survivors of the violence. Families of victims will be eligible for payments up to $73,000.
The law, which was finally passed after much lobbying by activists, also obligates the government to investigate every registered case of a missing person.
About 50,000 people have been killed and many others have been kidnapped in the past six years of the country's drug war.
Franc Contreras reports from Mexico City.