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Migrant News Round-up for December 17, 2012

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 A compilation of articles related to migrants in transit for the week of Dec. 3-Dec. 17.

•           Cuestionan reglamento migratorio 
Henla Prado, Reforma, 12/13/2012
Integrantes de la organizaciones civiles sostuvieron ayer que el Reglamento de la Ley de Migración no garantiza la protección de este grupo poblacional, pues carece de humanismo y fomenta abusos y actos de corrupción. 

•           656 Weeks on the Killing Fields of Arizona 
Gabriel Schivone, The Huffington Post, 12/11/2012
On any given Thursday evening a dozen to 30 people crowd together in a somber circle at the historical El Tiradito (“Castaway”) shrine in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood of Tucson. Faith-based and human rights groups have been meeting at the shrine, turned vigil space, every week for the past twelve years to call attention to mass migrant death and suffering in the Sonoran desert, resulting from U.S. border enforcement and immigration policies.

•           Violencia sexual, causa de embarazos entre niñas migrantes 
Carlos Rosas, Cimacnoticias, 12/11/2012
Niñas y adolescentes indígenas que llegan a trabajar a los campos agrícolas del estado de Sinaloa o que acompañan a sus padres jornaleros, tienen embarazos producto de violaciones sexuales o por la falta de acceso a métodos anticonceptivos.   

•           Mexican Priest Wins Top Human Rights Prize for Migrant Work 
David Agren, Catholic News Service, 12/11/2012
An outspoken Mexican priest won the country’s top human rights prize for his work protecting undocumented Central American migrants transiting Mexico. Fr. Alejandro Solalinde accepted the award from President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party he has accused of previously persecuting him and failing to protect the migrants he serves. Solalinde brought a blunt assessment of the current state of the country to the ceremony Monday at the president’s residence but also struck a conciliatory chord.

•           Secuestro: Pesadilla de Migrantes 

Sergio Haro Cordero y Luis Pérez Chávez, ZETA Investigaciones, 12/10/12
Migrantes nacionales y extranjeros se enfrentan en Baja California a los secuestros, perpetrados  por células del CAF, de Los Garibay,  y otros subgrupos del crimen organizado. Los activistas acusan la inexistencia de estadísticas reales. En lo que va de 2012, un total de 38 casos han sido denunciados, pero solo 9 de los expedientes ya fueron consignados.

•           Tensions Between Migrants and Mexican Community Force Shelter Closings 
Mayela Sanchez, Global Press Institute, 12/10/2012
Carlos Mauricio Mejía, a migrant from Honduras, spent several days in the San José de Huehuetoca shelter in central Mexico before it closed in November. The shelter, which offered undocumented migrants passing through Mexico a place to eat, sleep and shower, was the third to close in the area since July. Twenty days before arriving at the shelter, located 67 kilometers (42 miles) north of Mexico City, Mejía had said goodbye to his wife and his 5- and 8-year-old children in Honduras. It wasn’t the first time that this 26-year-old tried to migrate to the United States via Mexico in order to earn a better living to support them.

•           IOM Mexico and Veracruz State Governor Will Work Together on Transit and Return Migration 
International Organization for Migration, 12/7/12
Veracruz is part of the main transit route used by thousands of irregular migrants travelling through Mexico.  According to the Mexican National Migration Institute’s latest estimates, some 150,000 migrants, mostly from Central America, enter the southern border each year with the intention of reaching the United States.

•           The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier 
Pro Publica Staff, Gant Daily, 12/6/2012
Even though Mexico’s southern frontier has become a national security concern for U.S., Mexican and Central American leaders and Mexicans remain the largest group, U.S.-bound migrants today are increasingly likely to be young Central Americans fleeing violence as well as poverty. 

•           International migrants tribunal declares 37 states guilty of violating migrants’ rights 
Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Bulatlat, 12/4/2012
An international tribunal, the first on the theme of migrants, has declared 37 governments guilty of using migration to advance neoliberal globalization policies and of violations of the economic, social, cultural and political rights of migrants by sending and receiving states. States in the list include Mexico and the United States.