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CAMPI Releases Report on Migrant Kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo

Dec 20, 2021 |

The Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative recently published a report, with Vecina’s assistance, that focuses on migrant kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo due to the crime’s high frequency and its systematic nature. Migrant kidnappings are largely concentrated in a few sites around the city, and kidnappings follow a similar modus operandi. In fact, the practice is so common that members of organized crime in Nuevo Laredo allegedly refer to migrant kidnappings as “passing through the office.” Migrant kidnappings also commonly take place in other cities along the U.S.-Mexico border, but none follow quite the same systematic pattern as in Nuevo Laredo. For more information, see the report here.