Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues



Forgetting El Chapo: Why Mexico’s Violence Will Remain Unabated

In this essay, Cecilia Farfán-Méndez discusses three topics that are indispensable for informing further research and conversations about violence and insecurity in Mexico: the importance of distinguishing between organized crime and drug trafficking groups; the…


Metering Update: August 2019

This August metering update estimates that there are currently around 26,000 asylum seekers on waitlists or waiting to get on these waitlists in 12 Mexican border cities. This is an increase of 40 percent since…


Student Papers

Policy Research Projects

Política Migratoria Mexicana Sobre los Menores no Acompañados: Los Obstáculos para Acceder a Servicios y Protecciones (2018-19)

This report explores the dynamics surrounding Central American unaccompanied minors in Mexico and their access to the country’s protection system. Since 2009, the number of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has increased…


The Implementation and Legacy of Mexico’s Southern Border Program (2018-19)

The following report is from a year-long investigation by M.A. students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with FM4 Paso Libre, a civil society organization…