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

Government of Mexico Must Investigate the String of Murders of Journalists from Veracruz

Murder of Ruben Espinosa Highlights Need to Strengthen Protections
Analysis & Commentary
Whether because of a lack of will or lack of capacity, the government of Mexico has failed to investigate threats and attacks against journalists.

The Mexican Government’s Failed Investigation into the 43 Students’ Enforced Disappearance

New Report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Highlights Shortcomings
Analysis & Commentary
The CNDH report outlines six key points that are fairly basic steps in any criminal investigation and that Mexican authorities have not yet done.

New Report Shows How U.S. Traffickers Funnel Foreign-Made Guns to Drug Cartels in Mexico

President Obama Can Act to Restrict Gun Imports
News
A joint report released today by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Violence Policy Center (VPC).

New Report: How Foreign Guns are Funneled through the United States to Mexico

Gun-Running Nation: How Foreign-Made Assault Weapons are Trafficked from the United States to Mexico and What to Do About It
Publication
Semiautomatic assault rifles imported to the United States account for significant portions of the arsenals of Mexico’s drug cartels.