Migrants in the City of Coatzacoalcos
Every year, an estimated 500,000 people flee violence and poverty in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and enter Mexico with the hope of reaching the United States.

In Mexico, these people are systematically exposed to further episodes of violence. We have teams working on Mexico’s southern and northern borders, and at various key locations in between, offering medical, psychological and social support to migrants and refugees along the perilous migration route from Central America to the United States.

Our projects also assist vulnerable local communities and victims of violence, including sexual violence, in Guerrero state and in the border city of Reynosa.

MSF teams are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.

Our activities in 2020 in Mexico

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Mexico in 2020 MSF responded to the COVID-19 pandemic across Mexico, supporting treatment and infection prevention in health facilities and centres for migrants and victims of violence.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Mexico

In 2020, MSF organised a range of COVID-19 emergency responses in Mexico, which had one of the world’s highest number of deaths from the virus. In May, we began working in a hospital extension unit at Los Zonkeys stadium in Tijuana, Baja California, where patients with mild and moderate COVID-19 symptoms received treatment. In June, we handed the facility back to the health authorities. We also cared for patients with mild to severe COVID-19 in two dedicated centres set up in the campuses of Reynosa and Matamoros universities. These activities ended on 1 October.

We adopted a mobile strategy focused on supporting infection prevention and control. Our teams visited nine states to evaluate 46 health facilities, train medical personnel and implement staff and patient flow routes. Another COVID-19 team provided technical support and training in 40 shelters along the migration route.

In addition, our teams conducted medical, psychological and social work consultations to assist migrants trapped at the northern border. We worked in all the migrant shelters in Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, including an improvised asylum seekers camp. In Reynosa, we also continued to assist victims of violence and, in Guerrero, visited communities without access to health services due to pervasive violence. In the south, our teams continued caring for migrants through mobile clinics. In February, we published the report No Way Out on the damaging health impact of US-Mexico migration policies.

In Mexico City, we run a specialised centre offering medical and mental healthcare for migrants who have been victims of torture or extreme violence in their countries of origin or on their journeys.

 

In 2020
Reynosa Mexico Caring for migrants and deportees_ENG
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Reynosa, Mexico: Caring for migrants and deportees

The situation in Reynosa, through the eyes of MSF and the people we assist

MSF has worked in Reynosa since 2017 treating victims of violence in the city, and more recently providing mental and medical care to migrants and deportees

Forced to leave their home countries because of gang violence and poverty, people on the move are increasingly prevented from reaching the US to ask for asylum.

Instead, they find themselves trapped at the border in areas of rampant violence, waiting to cross in deplorable humanitarian conditions.

Our teams have documented a pattern of violent displacement, persecution, sexual violence and forced repatriation. It’s a violence that starts in the country of origin and is replicated along their journeys through Mexico.

Access to mental healthcare/ "I am not a criminal" (ENG)
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"I'm not a criminal"

"I'm not a criminal"

"I fled Honduras because the gangs wanted to recruit me and I refused."

The story of 17-year-old José* is representative of many of the young patients we care for in our projects in Tegucigalpa and Choloma, in Honduras, and Reynosa, Mexico.

 
Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters
Central American Migration

Despite kidnapping and continued risks, migrants continue journey north through Mexico

Project Update 30 Jan 2020
 
Matamoros - Asylum-seekers and migrants at the US/Mexico border
Central American Migration

The devastating toll of 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy one year later

Press Release 29 Jan 2020
 
The Migration Protection Protocol in the state of Tamaulipas
Mexico

Hopelessness and anxiety: the consequences of waiting for US asylum

Interview 18 Dec 2019
 
Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters
Central American Migration

More people kidnapped, abused on migration route in southern Mexico

Press Release 30 Oct 2019
 
Mexico: Migrants are exposed to danger in Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Mexico

Migration policies that kill

Interview 18 Oct 2019
 
The Migration Protection Protocol in the state of Tamaulipas
Central American Migration

US migration policy endangers lives of asylum seekers in Tamaulipas state

Press Release 6 Sep 2019
 
NUEVO LAREDO, NOT A SAFE PLACE
Central American Migration

Northern Mexican city too dangerous to send back people seeking asylum

Press Release 3 Jul 2019
 
WOMEN FROM GUERRERO
Mexico

Life amidst the violence: the strong women of Guerrero

Voices from the Field 27 Jun 2019
 
MSF on the migration route to Mexico
Mexico

Mass arrests drive migrants underground and cut them off from medical care

Press Release 19 Jun 2019

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Acapulco Sexual Violence
MSF Mexico

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Mexico