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U.S. Officials Doubted Mexico’s “Rescue” of Migrant Laborers
Labor trafficking / Mexico's Southern Border

U.S. Officials Doubted Mexico’s “Rescue” of Migrant Laborers

Case fell into “gray area” between labor exploitation and trafficking, according to U.S. Embassy The recent exposure of inhumane conditions in overcrowded U.S. migrant detention centers, now overwhelmed with tens of thousands of migrant children seeking refuge from violence and instability in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, has refocused attention on the root causes of migration, the brutal … Continue reading

“At least we’re better than Mexico in our FOIA policy, right?”
Border Security / Transparency

“At least we’re better than Mexico in our FOIA policy, right?”

Here’s a good example of why we take the time to file access to information requests on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and how this strategy sometimes encourages governments to disclose information on migration and border security policies that they would otherwise withhold from release. One objective of our two-country FOI strategy was to … Continue reading

New Report, Declassified Documents, Highlight Security Concerns at “Mexico’s Other Border”
Border Security / Terrorism

New Report, Declassified Documents, Highlight Security Concerns at “Mexico’s Other Border”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitors a special class of migrants in Mexico—known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs)—that are thought to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified document obtained by the National Security Archive and cited in an important new report on Mexico’s southern border published this week by the … Continue reading

Mexican Court Orders Release of Documents on Massacre Investigations
Human Rights / Transparency

Mexican Court Orders Release of Documents on Massacre Investigations

Judge Rules Mexican government must disclose evidence of grave human rights violations Migrant killings in Tamaulipas, Cadereyta, prima facie human rights violations Landmark decision upholds right to truth, cites “interest of society” in “avoiding impunity and the repetition of such acts in the future” This post was co-authored by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau of the … Continue reading

FOIA Notes / Human Rights

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part II: The selection of new IFAI commissioners and access to information on migrant rights

Mexico’s Senate is now in the process of selecting the country’s new information commissioners who will be at the center of pivotal transparency and human rights decisions for years to come. The competition is intense, with 158 candidates vying for the seven top positions at the Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI). Continue reading

Three Years Later, Still No Justice for 2011 San Fernando Killings
Human Rights

Three Years Later, Still No Justice for 2011 San Fernando Killings

On April 1, 2011, Mexican authorities discovered the first of several mass graves in Tamaulipas state that all told would contain the bodies of nearly 200 people. The victims, many of them migrants headed toward the U.S-Mexico border, were pulled from intercity buses and executed by the Zetas criminal organization with the alleged complicity of … Continue reading