InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico's policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.

InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

July 28 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico‘s policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of […]

InSight Crime: Reporter Murdered in Veracruz, Mexico Was Under Police Protection

The third reporter murdered in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz this year was gunned down in front of his family despite being under police protection at the time, illustrating the dangers of working as a journalist in a hub for drug and human trafficking that is plagued by corruption-fueled violence.

InSight Crime: Reporter Murdered in Veracruz, Mexico Was Under Police Protection

July 25 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — The third reporter murdered in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz this year was gunned down in front of his family despite being under police protection at the time, illustrating the dangers of working as a journalist in a hub for drug and human trafficking that is plagued by corruption-fueled violence. Pedro Tamayo […]

LATimes: Mexico’s deportations of Central American migrants are rising

LATimes: Mexico’s deportations of Central American migrants are rising

September 4th 2015, Mexico City — Mexico is on track to catch and deport thousands more Central American migrants than the United States this year, according to a new report. By the end of this year, Mexico is expected to have deported 70% more Central American migrants than it did in 2014, according to the […]

LATimes: Mexico’s Peña Nieto acknowledges ‘a difficult year’ and public anger

LATimes: Mexico’s Peña Nieto acknowledges ‘a difficult year’ and public anger

September 2nd 2015, Mexico City — Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday acknowledged that the nation has experienced a “difficult year” that has generated “anger” and damaged the public mood and trust. The first half of his presidency has been characterized by a stagnant economy, corruption scandals and horrifying human rights abuses, as well […]

MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

May 8th 2015 – Thousands of Central American migrants cross Mexico each year on their way to the United States, their ‘promised land.’ During the journey, they can endure hunger and cold and are exposed to violence and exploitation at the hands of criminal gangs and corrupt state officials. But a group of Mexican women […]

Fusion: Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream?

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

GlobalPost: These are the women helping child migrants as they make their way to the US

"Las Patronas" throw bags of food and bottles of water to the travelers who speed by on the train heading north to the US-Mexico border.

“Las Patronas” throw bags of food and bottles of water to the travelers who speed by on the train heading north to the US-Mexico border.

AFP: Organized crime recruits migrants in Mexico

Mexican drug cartels are trying to get migrants passing through from central America to join their ranks.

Mexican drug cartels are trying to get migrants passing through from central America to join their ranks.

GlobalPost: Mexico’s drug cartels recruit migrant labor

The Mexican crackdown on drug trafficking, partly financed by the US government, is prompting criminal gangs to exploit other revenue streams such as kidnapping and extortion.

The Mexican crackdown on drug trafficking, partly financed by the US government, is prompting criminal gangs to exploit other revenue streams such as kidnapping and extortion.

Central American Migrants in Mexico Fill The Frame

Central American Migrants in Mexico Fill The Frame

Marc had Gael Garcia Bernal on board as his presenter, and has produced some excellent advocacy work. “Los Invisibles” (the invisibles) series is beautifully produced and shot, giving voice to a community rarely asked it’s opinion.

Mexican activist fights for the rights of migrants as town is split

Mexican activist fights for the rights of migrants as town is split

Central American migrants have long passed through Tultitlán on their way north to the United States because the trains on which the migrants ride north pass nearby. The mayor of Tultitlán says the number of migrants arriving has increased over recent months and wants them deported, but local activist Paty Camarena continues to fight for their rights.

Filmmakers document consequences of U.S. immigration raid

Filmmakers document consequences of U.S. immigration raid

Back in May 2008, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials rounded up 389 undocumented workers in the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. The raid was the largest in U.S history. Two weeks later, filmmakers Jennifer Szymaszek and Greg Brosnan started filming “In the Shadow of the Raid,” a documentary film showing at […]

Human rights hit the big screen in second film festival

Human rights hit the big screen in second film festival

Mexico’s second annual human rights film festival, supported by a number of organizations here including the Mexico branch of Amnesty International, the Ambulante documentary film project and Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission, opens at the end of the week.

Canada to require visas for Mexicans following surge in refugee claims

Canada to require visas for Mexicans following surge in refugee claims

Mexican nationals will now need a visa to travel to Canada, that country’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced Monday. Canada decided to stiffen the requirements due to what officials said has been a surge in claims for refugee status by Mexicans. In a news release, Canadian immigration officials said that for the first 48 […]

Wives left behind by migrants in Mexico suffer poorer mental health

Mexican women left behind by husbands who migrate to the United States in search of work were one of the focuses of the documentary “Los Que Se Quedan,” or “Those Who Remain,” by Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo, which we’ve mentioned a number of times here on La Plaza. In response to those posts, […]

Money from Mexican migrants to Mexico continues to fall

The money that Mexicans living abroad send home to their families here in Mexico fell again in May, in what the Associated Press calls the biggest monthly decline on record. “Money sent home by Mexicans working abroad fell by 19.9 percent in May, the biggest monthly decline on record as the U.S. recession slashed jobs. […]

Nearly 10,000 migrant kidnappings in Mexico in 6 months

Nearly 10,000 migrant kidnappings in Mexico in 6 months

You may recall that last year, I published this video about a group of Honduran mothers who came to Mexico looking for their missing family members and friends. Since then, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has a carried out it’s own investigation into the problems Central and Latin American migrants encounter when they try to […]

Obama starts a new era in Mexico drive-by

Obama starts a new era in Mexico drive-by

I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it into work this morning. Not because of Mexico’s overloaded public transport system, but because U.S President Barack Obama was expected to arrive on his first visit to Mexico here in the country’s capital.

Video: Narcocorridos inspire Mexico City mural

After writing a song for los Tigres Del Norte about the controversial 670-mile fence project along the U.S.-Mexico border, Cristina Rubalcava got to listening to some of the band’s narcocorridos and created a mural that illustrates phrases from them.

Photojournalism show explains 2008 in Mexico

Photojournalism show explains 2008 in Mexico

Mexico City’s Museo de la Ciudad is playing host to a photojournalism exhibition — Expofotoperiodismo — that features nearly 50 photos from 2008.

Film defends Mexican woman imprisoned in Texas

Film defends Mexican woman imprisoned in Texas

Rosa Jimenez, a 26-year-old Mexican woman, could currently be serving a sentence of 99 years in a Texas prison for a crime she didn’t commit, according to Lucía Gajá, 34, the young Mexican director of the documentary “Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside).”

The film takes aim at the United States criminal-justice system and its treatment of Mexican undocumented female migrants. It is told through the case of Jimenez, who crossed illegally into the United States when she was 17 years old. Clearly on the side of the defendant, the film combines the words of Jimenez, her defense lawyers and the prosecution to lay out what ends up a chilling depiction.

“Mi Vida Dentro” debuted in Mexico last week in cinemas across the capital, and is the first feature-length film from Gajá, who is a graduate of CUEC, the cinema program of the Autonomous National University of Mexico. It’s also the first Mexican documentary to be distributed by Ambulante, the film festival created by two of Mexico’s most bankable stars, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, in 2006.

Central American migrants face more hurdles

Central American migrants face more hurdles

A group of Honduran men and women came to Mexico looking for their missing loved ones earlier this year. They claim that there are nearly 600 Honduran migrants who are missing in Mexico who disappeared whilst crossing Mexico to get to the United States.

45 journalists killed in Mexico since 2000; rights body appeals for end to impunity

45 journalists killed in Mexico since 2000; rights body appeals for end to impunity

Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights appealed to authorities over the weekend to investigate thoroughly the recent killings of a number of journalists here, and to put an end to the impunity for those who murder members of the profession.