All Content: Mexico

Increases in Child and Family Migration from Central America

A Situation Demanding Creative Solutions, Not a Crisis Demanding Another Crackdown
Analysis & Commentary
Two years after the spike in Central American unaccompanied children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, persistent migration flows underscore the urgent need for creative approaches to this "new normal."

Violence in Oaxaca is Another Example of Mexican Police Using Excessive Force against Protesters

WOLA Condemns the Violence between the Federal Police and Protestors in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca
News
The Federal Police’s response to the protesters demonstrates once again that Mexican police forces lack an adequate legal framework regarding the use of force.

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.

Even with Over 27,000 Disappeared, Mexico's Congress Drags its Feet on Addressing the Crisis

Analysis & Commentary
With an average of 10 people per day disappeared in the country in 2016, the failure for Mexico's Congress to enact the General Law on Disappearances has grave consequences for victims and their families.

What is Mexico Doing to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists?

New WOLA-PBI Report Finds that Government Protection Efforts Fall Short
News
Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world to defend human rights and practice journalism. Attacks on defenders and journalists occur regularly, creating a worrisome environment of self-censorship and intimidation.

Release of Three Soldiers Accused of Extrajudicial Killings Raises Further Questions about Mexico’s Commitment to Justice

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced a federal judge’s decision to release three soldiers charged in the “Tlatlaya massacre”—the massacre of 22 civilians in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico in June 2014.

New Institutions in Mexico Could Expand Justice for Migrants

Analysis & Commentary
Every year, tens of thousands of migrants pass through Mexico on their journey north towards the United States, and they are routinely preyed upon by both criminal organizations and corrupt government officials in the country.

A Sad Day for Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Joy Olson shares her experience of the official presentation of the final report of the International Group of Independent Experts that has been providing technical assistance to the Mexican government on the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico in September 2014.

Case of the 43 Disappeared Students: Key Points from the Group of Experts’ Final Report

Experts Highlight Lines of Investigation that Must Be Explored
Analysis & Commentary
On April 24, 2016, the Group of Experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the case of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico presented its final report.

Mexico’s Government Obstructed the Investigation of the 43 Disappeared Students

Final Report by Group of Experts Raises Concerns about Justice
News
The Mexican government obstructed the investigation into Ayotzinapa while doubling down on its own version of events, the fundamentals of which have been disproved multiple times.

4 Ways the Mexican Government Obstructed Justice and Impeded the Investigation into the 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
The government of Mexico, at every turn, has obstructed the investigation into the tragedy of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students.

Mexico’s Government Claims the 43 Ayotzinapa Students Were Incinerated in a Trash Dump. Here's How They’re Wrong.

Analysis & Commentary
The Mexican government's main theory about what happened to the missing students of Ayotzinapa has been thoroughly disproven on multiple occasions.

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.

World Leaders Convene in New York for Landmark UN Drug Summit as Opposition to Drug War Mounts

WOLA Experts will be in Attendance, Presenting at the UN
News
This week, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York for the highest-level meeting on drug policy in nearly two decades.

The Search for Justice: Crimes against Migrants and Refugees in Mexico

Video
Join us for a conversation with representatives of migrant shelters from different regions in Mexico who assist migrants in the search for justice.

Concern for the defamation campaign against victims and human rights defenders in Mexico

Open Letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto
News
The signatory organizations are worried about an emerging pattern of disqualification in which the Mexican government de-legitimizes any report or declaration that identifies grave human rights violations taking place in the country.

Women are Bearing the Brunt of our Most Punitive Drug Policies

Analysis & Commentary
From Colombia to Thailand, drug policy reforms are urgently needed to end the mass incarceration of women for drug offences. Here’s what we can do about it.

Between Rhetoric and Reform: Criminal Justice Reform in the United States

Publication
After decades of failed policies, the U.S. is finally reconsidering the mass incarceration model it promoted in Latin America. The paradigm shift opens up space for reforms in Latin America.

New U.S.-Mexico Local Repatriation Arrangements are a Step Forward

Analysis & Commentary
The new Local Repatriation Arrangements signed by the U.S. and Mexico represent important efforts of both governments to curtail many of the deportation practices that negatively affect repatriated Mexican migrants.

Ayotzinapa Fact Sheet: Investigating the Enforced Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
What happened the night the students disappeared? Who is working on the investigation? What have they found?