Title: Perilous Journey
Every year, hundreds of thousands of undocumented Central American migrants travel through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border. Many of these vulnerable migrants suffer human rights abuses along their journey at the hands of organized crime and corrupt officials. Kidnapping and extortion are among the most lucrative—and brutal—practices. Migrant shelters along the south-north train route began to gather first-hand accounts of migrants who had survived kidnapping. A series of these testimonies were published by the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez and the Casa del Migrante de Saltillo in the Cuaderno sobre Secuestro de Migrantes (Report on Migrant Kidnappings) in December 2011. From these accounts, we gain a fuller picture of the depth of this humanitarian crisis – and steps that authorities on both sides of the border can take to prevent and bring justice to this horrific violence that has traumatized migrants and their families across the region.
Author: Latin America Working Group Education Fund with testimonies provided by the Casa del Migrante Saltillo and the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez