Thanks to successful advocacy and information campaigns, more Central American migrants than ever have applied for asylum in Mexico – but the office tasked with processing the applications can’t keep up. As the office scrambles to meet demand, the families who’ve made the long journey north face months of uncertainty.
Armed conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has threatened the livelihood of farmers for decades. To support their families, some men in the region are now participating in an ancient tradition long held by women: weaving.
Violence linked to local land disputes in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, continues to drive coffee farmers and their families out of their homes and fields and into temporary camps. Faced with ongoing attacks, community representatives asked for military and police protection.
Thousands of indigenous people were forced from their homes in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, in 2017. The displacement was part of a violent land dispute that has been going on for years, but similar scenes occur every year throughout the country.
In Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, there is no streamlined system to coordinate criminal data about disappearances and murders, especially of women and children. Local government officials say that they’re trying to fix the problem, but rights organizations say they aren’t doing enough.
Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.
The contributions of Africans in Mexico and their descendants have gone unappreciated, advocates say, and it was only recently that an attempt was made to even count this population. As a result, the group’s access to employment and education is hindered, some say.
Many schools in Mexico are operating without a sustainable water supply, which means toilets can't be flushed and sinks run dry. The government has recently approved plans to address these infrastructure needs, but in the meantime some schools have to bring water via trucks.
The Mexican government’s oil-exploration plans in Chiapas state could drive tens of thousands of indigenous Zoque people from their homes. Local Zoque activism against the proposed drilling, however, is on the rise.