Human Rights and Regional Partnerships

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CGRS has special expertise in conditions in the countries from which many asylum seekers flee, including Mexico, Haiti, and Northern Central America. Our researchers document the profound human rights violations that force people to flee these countries, as well as the often-harrowing circumstances they face on the treacherous journey to the U.S. border. We offer access to evidence packets, expert declarations, and other resources on human rights conditions in refugee-sending countries through our extensive Technical Assistance (TA) Library, available free of charge to attorneys representing asylum seekers.

We joined the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) as coalition partners, and work with civil society organizations in the United States and the region to address the root causes of forced migration and contribute to the development of a more robust regional system of refugee protection. We advocate in Congress, with the executive branch, and internationally before the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

Selected Reports and Analyses

Request for precautionary measures to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of asylum seekers who have been or would be expelled from the United States under Title 42, Yale Law School, Human Rights First, CGRS, RAICES, Al Otro Lado, Oxfam, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Project Corazon, Immigration Clinic UT Law School, Transgender Law Center, FIRRP, WRC, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, University Network for Human Rights (October 2021)

Impacts of U.S. and Mexican migration enforcement on migrant and refugee rights in Mexico, a memo by Asylum Access Mexico, CGRS, COMDHSM, Haitian Bridge Alliance, IMUMI, KIND, LAWG, Quixote Center, Witness at the Border, WOLA, WRC (September 2021) 

Doubling Down on Deterrence: Access to Asylum Under Biden, explainer by Asylum Access Mexico, CGRS, Global Justice Clinic, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Human Rights First, IMUMI, LAWGEF, Witness at the Border, WOLA, and Women's Refugee Commission (September 2021)

Karen Musalo, El Salvador: Root Causes and Just Asylum Policy Responses, 18 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 178 (Summer 2021).

Expanding Access to Protections for Refugees and Migrants in Central America and Mexico, recommendations by CGRS, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Church World Service, IMUMI, Kids in Need of Defense, Latin America Working Group, WOLA, Women's Refugee Commission (May 2021).  

Implementation of the Mexican Legal Reforms that Prohibit Detention of Accompanied and Unaccompanied Migrant Children, Asylum Access, CGRS, IMUMI, International Detention Coalition, KIND, LAWG, and Women's Refugee Commission (March 2021).

A Journey of Hope: Haitian Women’s Migration to Tapachula, Mexico, CGRS, Haitian Bridge Alliance, IMUMI (Jan. 2021).

El Salvador--A Peace Worse Than War: Violence, Gender and a Failed Legal Response, 30 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 3 (2018), Karen Musalo.

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Derechos humanos y alianzas regionales

CGRS tiene experiencia especial en las condiciones en los países de los que provienen muchos solicitantes de asilo, incluidos México, Haití y el norte de Centroamérica. Nuestros investigadores documentan las profundas violaciones a los derechos humanos que obligan a las personas a huir de estos países, así como las desgarradoras circunstancias que a menudo enfrentan durante el difícil viaje hacia la frontera de Estados Unidos. Ofrecemos acceso a paquetes de evidencia, declaraciones de peritos, y otros recursos sobre la situación de derechos humanos en países de origen a través de nuestra Biblioteca de Asistencia Técnica, disponible de manera gratuita para abogados que representan a personas solicitantes de asilo.

Formamos parte de la coalición de aliados de Latin American Working Group (LAWG), y trabajamos con organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la región, así como en Estados Unidos, para abordar las causas fundamentales de la migración forzada y desarrollar un sistema regional de protección de refugiados más sólido. Incidimos en el Congreso y la rama ejecutiva, e internacionalmente ante la Organización de Estados Americanos y las Naciones Unidas.