Mexico

WOLA’s work on Mexico looks behind today’s headline stories of drug violence and immigration.  Our years of experience with in-country partners gives us unique expertise to address the way the historic weakness of Mexico’s democratic institutions contribute to today’s problems. 

WOLA works to expose the causes of violence on the border and elsewhere, and to address the lack of development that fuels migration. We monitor U.S. security assistance to Mexico, seeking to steer funding priorities toward reform for an effective legal system, police that citizens can trust, and security officers who are held responsible for their actions.  WOLA provides support to Mexican organizations seeking justice for victims who have faced human rights violations.

Key Program Themes:

Migration and Border Security

Click here to see WOLA’s work on dangers that migrants face in transit in Mexico and while attempting to cross the border, as well as analysis of U.S. border security policy.

Justice and Police Reform in Mexico

Reducing violence in Mexico requires addressing widespread corruption and institutional weakness in Mexico’s judicial system and police. Click here to see WOLA’s work on these issues. 

Human Rights in Mexico

Human rights violations by Mexico’s security forces, especially police and armed forces, have risen dramatically in recent years. Click here to see WOLA’s work to promote human rights. 

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Since 2008, the United States has provided Mexico almost two billion dollars in aid through the State Department’s Merida Initiative, as well as hundreds of millions dollars of military assistance through the Department of Defense. Click here to see WOLA’s analysis on security cooperation between the two nations. 

Mexico News & Analysis

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.

In Mexico’s Tlatlaya Massacre, Soldiers Were Ordered to ‘Take Them Out’

Military Document Released Today Challenges Official Narrative
News
The message could not be any clearer: in Mexico's Tlatlaya case, soldiers were instructed to take out, or kill, suspected criminals, in complete disregard for their human rights and due process.

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
News
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.