Human Rights and Central American Migrants in Mexico: A Judicial Perspective

Dra. Perla Barbosa Muñoz, Jerjes Izcoatl Aguirre Ochoa


Central American immigrants in Mexico are particularly vulnerable and often invisible in the Mexican agenda of human rights. Each year, tens of thousands of men, women and children enter Mexico without legal permission as irregular migrants. More than nine out of ten are from Central America, especially from the countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. This paper presents an analysis of the current situation of Central American migration in Mexico and the historical evolution of migration policy, as well as a study on the violation of human rights of Central American migrants in Mexico as past and current policy, and actions that have been generated and should be taken to ensure their protection.

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