Mexico, similar to other countries across the globe, has restrictive migration policies to address regional security, irregular migration, and the rule of law. The most stringent policy relates to transit migrants trying to reach the United States.
Existing reports on detained women migrants in Mexico show they are vulnerable to sexual harassment and abuse.
This article analyzes the situation of women migrants held in detention centers in Mexico. It explains the detention system’s structure and some of the recurring problems, highlighting the latter with information from women interviewed in the Mexico City Detention Center.
Finally, it discusses some of Mexico’s new procedures for migrant detention, why they may further jeopardize due-process guarantees, and what they mean for women requiring protection
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