In their report, Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico: Regional DifferencesStephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, research coordinator at IBI Consultants and the National Defense University, present data they collected on migrant kidnappings in Mexico. They cover 388 cases that include 8000 victims and 451 individual kidnappers. The authors separate the data set into four different regions: the southern border, northeastern border, northwestern border, and the Yucatan peninsula. 

Read more: Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration DisconnectStephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

Read more: Central American Migration Discussed by MSI Director in Foreign Affairs Article

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People NorthStephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent--with one out of every four Hondurans working in agriculture--and the country has already seen a rise in temperatures, various droughts, and more frequent torrential downpours.

Read more: MSI Director Discusses How Climate Change Affects Honduras and Migration

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.

Read more: Brumley Student Profile: Courtney Broderick Explores Mexico/U.S. Immigration & Security Policy

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