Witness for Peace delegations to Mexico examine the root causes of migration, societal impacts of the U.S.-backed War on Drugs, and hopeful alternatives through meetings with people from across Mexican society, including:
- Human rights defenders advocating for indigenous peoples, women, political activists, and victims of the drug war;
- Activists organizing against neoliberal economic policies;
- Catholic churches and lay people meeting the humanitarian needs of both Central American and Mexican migrants;
- Organizations defending native corn and food sovereignty in resistance to NAFTA, including the internationally recognized campesino organization CEDICAM (Center for Integral Development of the Campesino of the Mixteca Alta); and
- Educational leaders developing new learning models that question traditional academia and teacher-student relationships.
Delegations may spend time anywhere from Mexico City to remote campesino communities with populations in the hundreds. In these varied locations, delegates will experience firsthand the current conditions and as well as witness grassroots strategies of resistance to unjust U.S. policies in Mexico.
Currently incidents of violence related to drug cartels center on the U.S.-Mexico border and in the northern states, not in areas where WFP delegations regularly travel. While there is always a risk associated with travel, the WFP Mexico Team takes security precautions seriously in order to keep delegates safe. You can read Witness for Peace’s statement on security in Mexico here.
Latest Updates on Mexico
Witness for Peace is extremely concerned about the safety of Oaxacan human rights defenders Rodrigo Flores Peñaloza and Bettina Cruz Velázquez. Since February 10th, they have been repeatedly threatened and followed by heavily armed men. Most recently, a written...read more
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.read more