People seeking asylum are at greater risk of human trafficking and exploitation. This is one reason why bills like H.R. 1325, which allow migrants and asylum seekers authorization to work, are vital. To read more about how our siblings on the move experience this heightened threat to their safety, read more here.
Mexico is among the most deadly places for a journalist to work. Since 2006, at least 128 reporters have been slain. This article chronicles the story of reporters in Mexico, including one who began publishing reports each week that documented evidence of collaboration between local politicians and organized crime. As his publications gained traction, this journalist was threatened directly by leaders of organized crime. Slayings of reporters in Mexico are rarely solved, often because law enforcement is in cahoots with or terrified of organized crime, too.
Report shows ongoing discrimination, violence, and impunity of Border Patrol at the US – Mexico Border.
A new report conducted by the Southern Border Communities Coalition and Start With Dignity once again shows that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the US, operates with a policy that allows agents to racially profile and search people without warrants. This policy denies border residents, visitors, and migrants human dignity, and it also goes against international treaties that the U.S. committed to uphold. The report features testimonials for affected border residents and recommendations for the United States to defend our human dignity from discrimination and harm by federal law enforcement.
An in-depth investigation reveals that the Justice Department is using a 200-year-old law to detain migrants without charges. In this new, unjust tactic, migrants are named as witnesses in smuggling cases and held in jail until the US government compels them to testify in a criminal case. Using this cruel approach, detentions in the first four months of 2023 rose a staggering 30% compared to the same period last year. This practice flies in the face of both due process and parts of the law that require witnesses to be allowed to give testimony swiftly so that they can be released. We decry this practice. To the Biden Administration we say – stop looking for underhanded ways to deny people in need of protection of their rights.