Read and download full report today: Congressional Updates Year in Review 2022
KBI recently published a report outlining the many instances of abuse and mistreatment we encountered when working with the migrants we accompanied this past year. Sadly, President Biden has not kept his promises to restore asylum protections and to create a more humane immigration system. Below you will find snapshots taken from our recently published, Congressional Update Year in Review, that illustrate the various forms of injustices migrants face and the reasons why they fled their hometowns and countries.
In 2022, 75% of people arriving at Kino reported violence or persecution as their primary reason for migrating. This is a significantly higher proportion than in 2020 (39% reported migrating due to violence/persecution) and 2021 (67% reported migrating due to violence/persecution). Due to Title 42, people fleeing violence and persecution were unable to seek asylum at the border, and asylum-seekers were forced to wait in Mexico or attempt unauthorized crossing and possible expulsion back to Mexico (pg. 4).
Violence against women and girls continues to act as a key driver for the displacement of people from Mexico and Central America. Women also frequently report experiencing sexual violence on their journey to the US-Mexico border or crossing into the US. During the last 2 weeks, 55% of those arriving at Kino were women or girls. Of the women and girls arriving at Kino, 87% identified violence or persecution as their main reason for migrating. Women reported domestic abuse, threats, sexual assault, rape, and kidnappings (pg. 7)
Migrants arriving in Nogales after fleeing violence or persecution have often attempted other pathways to safety before coming to the US-Mexico border, including attempting to relocate within their state or country of residence or seeking remedies within their local justice systems, but to no avail (pg.7)