Violence against Migrants

EL SALVADOR / 24 NOV 2012

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and, of course, migrants.

Chapter 1

Part I: The Emergence of Mexico’s Small Armies*

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 24 NOV 2012

Mexico and Central America have emerged as one of the most dangerous areas on the planet outside of active war zones. The region is currently confronting unprecedented security challenges from…

Chapter 2

Part II: Gangs, Deportation and Violence in Central America*

EL SALVADOR / 24 NOV 2012

The development of criminal organizations in Central America has been different than in Mexico. The largest organizations trace their roots to the 1980s, when much of the region was engulfed…

Chapter 3

Part III: The Gauntlet*

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 24 NOV 2012

According to Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) — the only Mexican government entity that has released data on kidnappings of migrants — 9,758 migrants were kidnapped in 33…

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