Archive Staff Nominated for Gabriel García Márquez Award
Intelligence / News

Archive Staff Nominated for Gabriel García Márquez Award

We’re pleased to announce that National Security Archive investigators Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau have been officially nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez Award for news coverage (“Cobertura”). The nomination was based on a joint investigation between the Archive’s Mexico project staff and MVS Noticias revealing newly-declassified evidence of a secret U.S. espionage facility in Mexico City. Nine … Continue reading

Mexican Prosecutor’s Office Ordered to Release Records on San Fernando Massacre
Human Rights / Transparency

Mexican Prosecutor’s Office Ordered to Release Records on San Fernando Massacre

This week, Mexico’s new information commissioners for the first time ordered the federal prosecutor’s office to open certain investigative files relating to the discovery of some 200 bodies in mass graves in the state of Tamaulipas in April 2011. The victims, many of them migrants headed toward the U.S-Mexico border, were pulled from intercity buses … 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

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

The Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio: 20 Years Later
Political Violence

The Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio: 20 Years Later

Our friends at Animal Político today published an article highlighting a set of declassified documents on the March 23, 1994, assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio, a reform-minded presidential candidate from Mexico’s ruling party who was the heir-apparent to outgoing President Carlos Salinas. Although officially determined to be the work of a lone assassin, his killing has … Continue reading