Witness for Peace was first invited to Mexico by the Chiapas organization Las Abejas, after the Acteal Massacre in 1997. Ever since, WFP has had a presence in the neighboring country to the United States. With the implementation of NAFTA in 1994, over 2 million Mexican farming jobs were lost. The economic devastation led 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 connect, 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 has now allocated over 2.4 billion dollars in military aid to Mexican security forces. This militarized approach has led to thousands of deaths and disappearances of civilians, journalists, activists, and human right defenders, 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. Most recently, with the secretive U.S. policy called the Trans- Pacific Partnership, the TPP, known as “NAFTA on steroids,” WFP is actively trying to document and analyze the damaging effects that the TPP would have in Mexico, such as in the privatization of land and water and the continued displacement of Mexicans..
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 be in solidarity with Mexican civil society affected by U.S.-led policies and organize in their communities and on a national level for just U.S. taxpayer funded policies towards Mexico.
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