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Civil society organizations in Mexico are supporting communities that bear the brunt of COVID-19’s impact and working to protect civil liberties and human rights during the pandemic. It is essential to ensure continued access to reproductive rights, criminal justice, and protect migrants, women, Indigenous people, people who are incarcerated, and victims of human rights violations. Based on conversations with our communities and civil society organizations, MacArthur’s Mexico City office has made $500,000 in grants to support the following organizations responding to the pandemic, documenting outcomes, supporting the civil society infrastructure, and advocating for permanent change. All grants support collective work beyond the primary recipient of the funds to reach those in need.
Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, Sin Fronteras, and the International Detention Coalition, $65,000 for a collaborative effort to provide humanitarian assistance and to advocate for basic protections for migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico, particularly children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundation for Justice $30,000 for a collaborative effort with partners such as Asylum Access Mexico for legal assistance to counter policies or government noncompliance with policies that put migrants at risk in the context of COVID-19.
Ipas, $150,000 to support the provision of maternal and reproductive health care in Mexico City, including medication abortion through telemedicine and midwifery services for pregnat women in conjunction with partner organizations during the pandemic, and further documentation, analysis, and advocacy of these models to sustain them post-pandemic.
Fondo Semillas, $50,000 to support grassroots responses to reproductive and sexual health needs, and advocacy for birth justice and equal access to quality care.
Amnesty International, $120,000 to coordinate community-based responses with local groups of victims of human rights violations and work that involves migrants and return migrants.
Hispanics in Philanthropy, $85,000 to support efforts to address to the long-term repercussions of the use of the pandemic to restrict liberties, especially access to information and freedom of expression.