Migrant Detentions, and Rights Abuses, Increase in Mexico
January 6, 2016 | Publication | Migration
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A report from the Washington Office on Latin America and several migrant rights organizations shows that about 168,000 migrants were detained in Mexico from July 2014 to June 2015 – a 73 percent increase from the previous year that has brought with it rising crimes and abuses against migrants. The MacArthur-supported report attributes the increase to the Southern Border Protection program, which increased security at the country’s southern border and caused migrants to take less-traveled, more dangerous routes that expose them to assault, rape, extortion, and other crimes.