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Mexico: News & Updates
Mexico shares a 2,000-mile border with its neighbor to the north. The US has played a significant role in militarizing the nation in misguided and ineffective policies to stop the flow of drugs and immigrants. Human rights abuses are prevalent throughout Mexico but especially in the southern, mostly indigenous states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Human rights defenders and indigenous community leaders—working to protect their ancestral lands and heritage—are targeted with threats, assaults, abductions and assassinations. Their struggles for peace and liberation are linked with those of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples throughout the hemisphere.
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Advocates have said that being LGBTQ substantially increases vulnerability to violence, with transgender individuals facing the highest risk. Neither El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala have laws protecting people from violence or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For this reason we have seen many LGBTQI individuals make the difficult choice to migrate. This report explores the exacerbated risks that LGBTQI individuals face in their home countries, along the path of migration, and especially within U.S. immigration detention camps.
LAND AND PEOPLE
- 62% Mestizo, mix of indigenous (Native Amerindian) and Spanish
- 21% predominantly indigenous
- 7% indigenous
- 10% other (mostly European)
- bordered by the United States, Belize and Guatemala.
- about one-fifth the size of the United States.
- Two peninsulas: Baja California in the west is