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

A Year Later, Major Holes Remain in Mexico’s Investigation of the Disappeared Students

The Victims and Their Families Deserve Truth and Justice
One year after these events, the Mexican government's investigation into the tragedy and its treatment of the victims of the attacks and their families have been gravely flawed.

A Year without Justice: Remembering the Victims of the September 2014 Attacks in Guerrero, Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
As we commemorate the anniversary of the September 2014 attacks in Iguala, Guerrero, we remember all those who were affected by the violent events.

How a New Report Challenges Mexico's 'Official Version' of the Case of 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
A summary of the Group of Experts' initial conclusions and recommendations

New Report Casts Doubt on the Official Version of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Disappearances

Mexican government's response fails to recognize grave errors in the original investigation
A report issued on September 6 by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) concludes that the Mexican government’s version of the fate of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa is wrong and not substantiated by scientific evidence.