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

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."

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.