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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.