The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers. Migrants crossing the region are particularly vulnerable, facing increasing threats from Mexican drug traffickers, Central American gangs, and corrupt government officials. A report from the Regional Migration Study Group, a partnership between MacArthur grantees Migration Policy Institute and the Latin American Program/Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center, examines the origins and growth of transnational crime networks in Mexico and Central America and explores the impact of the region’s increasingly chaotic criminal landscape on migrants as they journey northward.

Migration, Latin America, Mexico, Migration/Immigration