CHRCL - Refugee Interdiction Resources



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The Joint U.S.-Mexico Campaign to Interdict and Summarily Deport Central American Refugees: Studies, Data, and Resources for Advocates, Stakeholders and Taxpayers Highlighting the Rampant Violations of Human  Rights Against Central American Refugees in Mexico.

Petitioners' Exhibits

The following are among Petitioners' exhibits before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

Petition Exhibit No.
12    CDH Fray Matías y Cordoba, Comunicado de Prensa, Jan. 20, 2016
13    ACAPS, Other Situations of Violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America, July 2014
14    Congressional Research Service, U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation, May 7, 2015
15    Secretaría de Gobernación (SEGOB), Estadísticas, 2013-15, Jan. 27, 2016
16    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Women on the Run, Oct. 2015
17    UNHCR, Children on the Run, March 2014
18    Congressional Research Service, Mexico’s Recent Immigration Enforcement Efforts, March 9, 2016
19    United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concluding observations on the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Mexico, June 8, 2015
20    Washington Office on Latin America, et al. (WOLA), An Uncertain Path, Nov. 2015
21    Pew Research Foundation, With help from Mexico, number of child migrants crossing U.S. border falls, Oct. 2015
22    Casa Alianza Honduras, et al., Niñas y niños migrantes: Factores de expulsión y desafíos para su reinserción en Honduras, Jan. 2016
23    UNHCR, Detention Guidelines, 2012
24    WOLA, Increasesd Enforcement at Mexico’s Southern Border, Nov. 2015
25    Migration Policy Institute, Migrants Deported from the United States and Mexico to the Northern Triangle, Sept. 2015
26    SEGOB, [excerpt] Boletín mensual de estadísticas migratorias 2015
29    U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Statement by Secretary Johnson About the Situation Along the Southwest Border, Sept. 8, 2014
30    U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Written testimony of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson for a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing, Feb. 12, 2014
31    WOLA, Mexico’s Other Border, Aug. 2014
32    Red de Documentación de las Organizaciones Defensoras de Migrantes, Migrantes invisibles, violencia tangible, July 2015
41    Human Rights Institute, Georgetown Law, The Cost of Stemming the Tide, April 13, 2015   
42    UNHCR, Arrancados de Raíz, 2014
43    UNHCR, Handbook and Guidelines on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status, December 2011
44    Congressional Research Service, Testimony of Ruth Ellen Wasem before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Dec. 12, 2013
45    WOLA, Mexico’s Southern Border Plan: More Deportations and Widespread Human Rights Violations, March 19, 2015
46    Ongoing Migration from Central America, Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, October 21, 2015 (testimony of Dr. Kevin Casas Zamora)
47    The Wilson Center, [excerpt] Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle (2015)
48    Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Lethal Violence against Women and Girls
51    Instituto de Medicina Legal de El Salvador, Homicidios Agosto 2015
52    Instituto de Medicina Legal (El Salvador), Homicidios Año 2014
53    White House Office of Press Secretary, Remarks by President Obama and President Peña Nieto after Bilateral Meeting, Jan. 6, 2015
54   William R. Brownfield, Prepared Statement Before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Nov. 17, 2015
55    White House Office of the Press Secretary, FACT SHEET: The United States and Central America: Honoring Our Commitments, Jan. 14, 2016
56    United States Diplomatic Mission to México, The Mérida Initiative – An Overview, July 2015

Selected State Dept. Documents re: U.S. Support for Interdiction Obtained Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act

  • Email dated January 7, 2016, from R. Morgan (Mexico City) to DOS Office of Mexico Affairs characterizing WOLA report on human rights violations against migrants and refugees as "the best synopsis of NGO complaints..." [Doc. 766]
  • Email dated January 7, 2016, from M. Amador (DOS Office of Mexico Affairs), reporting that Tim Reiser, a staffer for Senator Leahy, requests a briefing on "the topic of asylum Mexico..." [Doc. 766]
  • Email dated September 23, 2015, from R. Schroeder, staffer for Rep. John Carter, for briefing on "current operations in Mexico and Central America"; "what operations cost"; "how are we gauging success"; and "future plans in the area." [Doc. 203]
  • Document of uncertain date, but evidently pre-2014 "surge," entitled "Merida Assistance for Mexico's Southern Border Strategy." Reports that "to date, the U.S. government has provided $6.6 million of mobile Non-Intrusive Inspection Equipment" and "approximately 3.5 million in mobile kiosks" to aid Mexico's southern border enforcement. [Doc. 767]
  • Multiple emails dated August 5, 2014, celebrating release of additional $32 million in International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INL) funds "for Mexico's southern border." [Doc. 026]
  • Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet, dated July 9, 2014, informing Congress that DOS will "reprogram" $32 million to aid Mexico's southern border enforcement. [Doc. 029]
  • Action Memo for Assistant Secretary Brownfield, dated June 24, 2014, approving reprogramming of $32 million to Mexico's southern border enforcement and proposing to shift $60 million from other projects to "new southern border programs." [Doc. 044]
  • Email dated July 17, 2014, from C. Leming, and attachment re: takebacks" from meeting with Foreign Operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee (HACFO). Attachment reports on Mexico's southern border enforcement, what INL has done through "reprogrammings," and how new funding of $86.6 million will be spent. Also reports that Mexico's government "has identified an additional $87.2 million in requirements..." [Doc.s 116 & 118 ]
  • Email dated July 15, 2014, and attachment with briefing points for DOS meeting with senators, "Mexico: UAC Cooperation." Summarizes "Southern Border Strategy," "U.S. Support for Mexico's Southern Border Efforts," "Messaging," and "Detention and Repatriation" of unaccompanied minors. [Doc.s 997 & 998 ]
  • Cable dated July 15, 2014, from U.S. Embassy, Mexico, to DOS reporting on appointment of Humberto Mayans Canabal as "southern border migration coordinator." Reports that "Mayans has expressed his interest in working closely with the United States." Also reports Mayans's having attended meeting with Sen. Thomas Carper re: unaccompanied children, "a priority issue for senior U.S. officials." [Doc. 788]

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