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Mexico’s Spike in Asylum Applications Causes Long Delays – But Many Migrants Can’t Afford to Wait

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human MigrationHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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As Armed Conflict Threatens Farmers’ Livelihoods in Chiapas, Men Join Women at the Loom

Region: Mexico

Topics: AgricultureConflictCultureHuman RightsJobs

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.

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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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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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Data Discrepancies Anger Activists as Cases of Murdered and Missing Girls, Teens Rise

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human RightsWomen's Rights

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.

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

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

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