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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
News
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
Publication
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
News
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
News
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
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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?

Video
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
News
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

News
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
News
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.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

Interactive Map: Mexico’s Southern Border Plan Ramps Up Deportations

Map Shows Migrant Deportations from Mexico by State
News
The impact of the Southern Border Program is evident in the high concentration of deportations from Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state.

Border Statistics Update: Mexico’s Increased Enforcement Matches U.S. Border Efforts

News
Mexico is ramping up its migration crackdown, and unaccompanied minor deportations from the country are now on par with unaccompanied minor apprehensions in the United States.

Recent Killing of Journalist in Mexico Underscores Need to Strengthen Protections

Government Program to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Faces Serious Challenges
Analysis & Commentary
Defenders and journalists will continue to be at risk until authorities investigate and prosecute crimes against them, and implement effective protections.

Violent Raid Against Migrants and Advocates in State of Tabasco, Mexico

WOLA and LAWG Send Letter to Secretary of the Interior
Analysis & Commentary
Concern about increasing raids and other measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants.

Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico Face Threats and Attacks

Three Years After Passage of Landmark Protection Law in Mexico, Significant Challenges Remain
Analysis & Commentary

WOLA Expert Weighs In on Mexico’s Southern Border Program

New Multimedia Series Highlights Controversial Program
News
WOLA’s Mexico and Migrant Rights expert Maureen Meyer participates in Animal Politico's series "Programa Frontera Sur: Una cacería de migrantes".

Latest Border Stats Suggest Higher Family, Child Migration in 2015 than Official Projections

Numbers are down, but record arrivals continue. And Mexico’s crackdown is cause for concern
Analysis & Commentary
While migration has slowed somewhat since the 2014 peak, the latest border statistics suggest more unaccompanied minors will be apprehended in the U.S. this year  than authorities are projecting.