The History

With the implementation of NAFTA in 1994, over 2 million Mexican farming jobs were lost. The economic devastation lead to a boom in Mexican migration towards the U.S. Although immigration is often discussed in the U.S., strikingly absent from the debate is recognition of the fact that U.S. policies are propelling migration.  At WFP, we document and expose the connections between trade policies and immigration through delegations, documentary work, media outreach, and activist trainings.

Since 2008, WFP has become increasingly concerned with the role of the U.S. in the drug war. Through the Mérida Initiative, the United States promised over 1 billion dollars in military aid to Mexican security forces.  This militarized approach has to led thousands of deaths, high levels of insecurity, and a spike in human rights abuses committed by military personnel, all without achieving the supposed goal of diminishing the drug trade. As Mexicans call for the restoration of peace and justice, Witness for Peace provides analysis of the U.S. role in this war and mobilizes U.S. citizens to stand in solidarity with Mexican society.

Our Work

Our delegations to Mexico give participants the opportunity to witness first-hand the impacts of U.S. economic and military policies on Mexican people. We also arrange speaker tours to the United States in which Mexican community organizers dialogue with U.S. audiences. Through documentary work, historical study, political analysis, and direct experience, Witness for Peace delegates are equipped to organize in their communities and on a national level for just U.S. policies towards Mexico.

Upcoming Delegations to Mexico

Latest Updates on Mexico

The Mérida Initiative: Beneath the Surface

The Mérida Initiative, also referred to as Plan Mexico, is described by the U.S. Department of State as “an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law.” The reality of the Mérida Initiative, however, is something entirely different.

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