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Homes and Coffee Fields Abandoned as Violence Continues in Southern Mexico

Region: Mexico

Topics: ConflictHuman MigrationHuman Rights

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.

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Advocates Urge Mexico City to Further Ease Way for Minors to Make Legal Gender Change

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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Abandoned Homes, Fearful Children: Forced Displacements Are Common in Southern Mexico

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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Mexico Tallies People with African Roots, But Afro-Mexicans Say Society Still Ignores Them

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

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.

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Dry Sinks and Toilets Plague Many of Mexico’s Public Schools, Forcing Government to Fix Pipes and Install Water Fountains

Region: Mexico

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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Q&A: Mexican Prosecutor Talks Details Of Push to Fight Trafficking

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

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Local Activism Grows, as Planned Oil Exploration Threatens Indigenous Land in Mexico

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human RightsMovements

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.

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“It’s a Spending Spree:” Corruption Reigns in Mexico’s Prisons

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Mexico’s prison system is notoriously corrupt, as many around the world have learned from stories of escapes by drug kingpins from maximum-security prisons. But when a friend or family member goes to prison, ordinary Mexicans are pulled into a system that forces them to surrender to an array of unavoidable bribes to provide the most basic services.

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Featured Photo of a Mexican Exhibit of Political Art

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

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As Mexico’s Refugee Numbers Skyrocket, Lawyers Help Migrants Seeking Asylum

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

Mexico has seen a surge in refugee applications in recent years, driven by people fleeing violence in Central America. In response, organizations are offering legal help to asylum-seekers facing a complex application process.

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