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

New U.S. Data Sheds Light on Illegal Arms Trafficking to Latin America

U.S. Government has Failed to Stem Flow of Illegal Guns
News
New data demonstrates that the U.S. government has not made any measurable progress on stemming the illegal flow of weapons across the United States' southern border.

Latest Border Stats Suggest Higher Family, Child Migration in 2015 than Official Projections

Numbers are down, but record arrivals continue. And Mexico’s crackdown is cause for concern
Analysis & Commentary
While migration has slowed somewhat since the 2014 peak, the latest border statistics suggest more unaccompanied minors will be apprehended in the United States this year  than authorities are projecting.

New Figures Show Sharp Increase in Deportations from Mexico

News
Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

Six Months after Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico, Citizens and International Community Still Seek Justice

Mexican Government Must Support Work of International Experts
News
Six months after 43 students were forcibly disappeared in Mexico, international human rights organizations express concern that many questions remain unanswered.