OK, here's pictures of mine when it broke.
In this shot, the yellow arrow indicates the latch. The green arrow points to the handle assembly. This is looking from the inside of the vehicle toward the gate with interior trim removed. As you can see, the latch and the handle are distinct part assemblies. They are connected by a rod that you can't see in these shots.
The shot below is a closeup of the handle assembly. The orange arrow shows where my problem was. The metal part above the arrow is supposed to extend down into the black plastic part below the arrow. (The black piece is a molded part of the handle itself). When you pull on the handle, the plastic handle pulls the metal piece, which is part of a hinge that pivots and pushes the connecting rod (not visible) which trips the latch that opens the gate. The metal piece broke where it extends down into the handle, so the gate would no longer open when the handle was pulled. The latch itself was unbroken.