On International Migrants Day, discover three ways to bring relief to asylum-seeking migrants who faced dangerous journeys across Central America and are now in limbo.
In the past few months, thousands of people from Central America have fled their countries, forced from their homes because of state and gang violence, extreme poverty, and persecution. Many of their journeys to safety—from countries where they face life-threatening conditions—have stalled in Mexico, where they now face many difficulties before securing a chance at asylum or finding a long-term solution. Here are three ways you can help asylum-seeking migrants in limbo in Mexico:
1. Provide legal and social assistance to vulnerable migrants
The human rights of women, children, and men who are part of the caravans making their way across Mexico are in jeopardy. Centro de Derechos Minerva Bello provides legal support and advocacy to migrants who have been displaced and are trying to navigate the complex social reality of being forced from home. Learn more about this project.
2. Help migrants enduring tough conditions in Tijuana
The city of Tijuana has a long history of helping migrants who are in need of basic resources and services to live a dignified life. International Community Foundation is supporting local nonprofits in their efforts to offer the growing population of migrants in Tijuana with quality services ranging from shelter to medicine and psychological support. ICF also aims to provide long term solutions to those who have been denied asylum. Learn more about this project.
3. Support human rights observers
In the southern state of Chiapas, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolome de las Casas is committed to protect and promote the basic human rights of the thousand of migrants walking through this state every month. In coordination with other local institutions, they are delivering training sessions to migrants on human rights in order to guide and inform them about their rights as they continue the hazardous journey across Mexico. Learn more about this project.