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

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.