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

Human Rights Organizations Welcome the Start of the Interdisciplinary Group of Experts for the Ayotzinapa Case

News
The Group’s first visit to Mexico will begin on March 1 and it is anticipated that civil society organizations will be able to present their concerns, statements, and testimonies directly to the Group.

On the Front Lines: Border Security, Migration, and Humanitarian Concerns in South Texas

New WOLA Report on the South Texas Border
Publication
The report explores the shift in migration to Texas's Rio Grande Valley and its implications for migrants and border security officials. WOLA offers recommendations for authorities to respond more effectively to the reality on the ground.

Latest Border Stats Point to Heavy Child, Family Migration in 2015

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacson takes a look at the latest official figures from Border Patrol, which suggest that while the numbers have fallen since 2014, 2015 is still on track to see a major wave of child and family migration from Mexico and Central America.

The Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

New WOLA and PBI Report
News
While recognizing the importance of the Mechanism and the valuable work its staff carries out, this report identifies several areas for improvement, drawing on a series of case studies to illustrate these weaknesses.