Jesuit Refugee Service report highlights abuses against Central American migrants in Mexico

(Washington, D.C.) November 4, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the U.S. require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity.

The report, Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey. As they travel through Mexico, migrants are abused by organized crime syndicates, government officials and opportunistic criminals.

“Migrants are human beings who deserve dignity and respect,” said Mary Small, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Assistant Director of Policy. “Our communities and our governments can take steps to make sure these tragedies stop, whether it is migrants drowning in the Mediterranean or migrants being tortured and killed in Mexico.” Read the rest of this entry »