Every year, at least one million people migrate across national borders in Mexico and Central America, exposing migrants––men, women and children––to vulnerabilities. These include serious human rights abuses such as illegal detentions, deportations without belongings and inhumane treatment in detention facilities, as well as separation of families, violence, forced labor, sexual abuse and even death. This mass migration has been linked to the devastating levels of crime and violence that have plagued Central America over the past decade, in addition to economic reasons.
With a deep-rooted history of supporting human rights, Ford Foundation has set a goal to address the challenges related to migration and help solve the structural problems that expel people from their places of origin. It is supporting efforts to make migration safer, develop alternative approaches to restrictive policies and maximize positive aspects of migration. The Foundation contracted with Metropolitan Group to support nearly a dozen organizations in Mexico––NGOs, think tanks and academic institutions––with building public will for the humane treatment of migrants.
MG is working with them to strengthen their communications capacity as well as their ability to create collaborative impact by changing the narrative and using communications to advance advocacy and policy efforts. Our scope includes extended in-country work in Mexico.