Human Rights and Regional Partnerships

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 partner with civil society organizations in the region, as well as in the United States, to address the root causes of forced migration and to work toward 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

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.