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How a New Report Challenges Mexico's 'Official Version' of the Case of 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
A summary of the Group of Experts' initial conclusions and recommendations

New Report Casts Doubt on the Official Version of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Disappearances

Mexican government's response fails to recognize grave errors in the original investigation
A report issued on September 6 by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) concludes that the Mexican government’s version of the fate of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa is wrong and not substantiated by scientific evidence.

Mexico Must Prioritize Quality over Quantity in Judicial Reform Process

With Ten Months Remaining, 40 Percent of Mexicans Still Lack Access to the Reformed System
Analysis & Commentary
While it is true that significant efforts are currently being made to reform Mexico’s judicial system, it is still too early to claim victory in their implementation.

On Assault Weapons, States and Private Companies Lead the Way

President Obama Should Follow
Analysis & Commentary
Wal-Mart’s move is only the latest effort to reduce gun violence in the United States even as Congress stalls.

Human Rights Organizations Support Extension of Experts’ Mandate to Investigate Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case

Letters Sent to Mexican President Peña Nieto and to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The signed organizations explain that the extension of the mandate is important not only to complete the outstanding tasks in relation to the case of the disappeared students but also to address the broader issue of enforced disappearances in the country.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
This joint report analyzes the effects of drug policy in the Americas, including the militarization of law enforcement, the criminalization of consumption, the weakening of due process guarantees, mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and restrictions on access to health care.

Group of Experts on Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case Release New Findings

Findings Suggest Significant Mishandling of Evidence by Mexican Government
On August 17, 2015, after five months of reviewing the Mexican government’s investigation of the Ayotzinapa case and exploring new lines of investigation, the Group of Experts released its fifth report on its findings.

Government of Mexico Must Investigate the String of Murders of Journalists from Veracruz

Murder of Ruben Espinosa Highlights Need to Strengthen Protections
Analysis & Commentary
Whether because of a lack of will or lack of capacity, the government of Mexico has failed to investigate threats and attacks against journalists.

The Mexican Government’s Failed Investigation into the 43 Students’ Enforced Disappearance

New Report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Highlights Shortcomings
Analysis & Commentary
The CNDH report outlines six key points that are fairly basic steps in any criminal investigation and that Mexican authorities have not yet done.

New Report Shows How U.S. Traffickers Funnel Foreign-Made Guns to Drug Cartels in Mexico

President Obama Can Act to Restrict Gun Imports
A joint report released today by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Violence Policy Center (VPC).

New Report: How Foreign Guns are Funneled through the United States to Mexico

Gun-Running Nation: How Foreign-Made Assault Weapons are Trafficked from the United States to Mexico and What to Do About It
Semiautomatic assault rifles imported to the United States account for significant portions of the arsenals of Mexico’s drug cartels.

The United States Should Withhold Conditioned Merida Initiative Aid from Mexico

Mexican Government Has Failed to Meet Human Rights Requirements
The U.S. government should refrain from reporting that Mexico has met human rights requirements laid out in the Merida Initiative aid package.

U.S. Congress Members: Human Rights Violations Point to 'Broader Pattern' in Mexico

82 U.S. Representatives Sign Letter of Concern Regarding Disappearance, Massacre Cases
Mexico is going through a human rights crisis and this letter clearly illustrates that there is widespread concern about what is happening in the country.

Mexico has Doubled Deportations of Migrants, but Protections for Refugees Remain Weak

New Data Demonstrates Humanitarian Consequences of Mexico’s Recent Crackdown on Central American Migration
Mexico is failing to respond to a growing need to protect asylum seekers.

New Data Show that Mexico has Intensified Its Immigration Operations Without Building an Adequate Refugee Protection System

In 2014, Mexico only gave asylum to 451 individuals; 83 percent of applications came from Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans
Analysis & Commentary
An analysis explaining why Mexico has so many potential refugees and so few recognized refugees.

Watch: How Can We End 'Prison-Like' Migrant Detention Conditions?

How can we improve the way we treat migrant children and families? WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer speaks with Maria Teresa Kumar of MSNBC's "Changing America" on the conditions in U.S. migrant detention centers today.

Mexico Now Detains More Central American Migrants than the United States

Mexico Takes on the United States' Role as Immigration Enforcer, Raising Humanitarian Concerns
New data analysis shows that the so-called 2014 ‘surge’ of unaccompanied minor migrants hasn’t really ended.

Analysis and Information on Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

A list of resources regarding Mexico's investigation of the 43 disappeared students.
Analysis & Commentary
In September 2014, forty-three students in the state of Guerrero were forcibly disappeared after a series of attacks by local police.

Assessing the Alarming Impact of Mexico’s Southern Border Program

The number of Central American children and families arriving at the United States border in an attempt to escape violence in their home countries has fallen significantly compared to last year’s peak, but at what cost?

Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.