Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues



The Current State of U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

In this working paper, Stephanie Leutert, the Director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the Strauss Center, examines the U.S.-Mexico security relationship. Leutert writes that both countries may emphasize the importance of the bilateral security…


Migrant Smuggling Along Mexico’s Highway System

This paper addresses how smugglers bypass the train network to move migrants north in buses, trailers, and private vehicles along Mexico’s highway system. By analyzing cases from both before and after Plan Frontera Sur, this…


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…