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The Silent Drama of the Disappeared

Silent traumas grip a growing number of families in Mexico. Not knowing where a loved one is, relatives comb jails, hospitals, morgues and common graves. Digging into the earth, their shovels probe for bodies or remains–fragments of a human being who once warmed their lives.

Report Exposes Anti-Union Practices and Poor Labor Conditions in Mexico’s Electronics Industry

Mexican law and the country’s an official adherence to international standards uphold the rights to freedom of union association and collective bargaining. But for Mexican electronics workers, the right to freely unionize doesn’t exist in practice.

U.S. and Mexican Teachers Find Common Ground

Clayton Beverly is among teachers and activists who gathered last month outside the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The protesters demanded a halt to government attacks against Mexican teachers, an immediate dialogue with the striking National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the release of jailed union leaders.

Puerto Rico: Who Really Owes Whom?

Touted as a bipartisan compromise to the Puerto Rico debt crisis, a bill advancing in the U.S. Congress proposes establishing  Continue Reading »

May Day Ten Years Later: Reflections on the Legacies of Immigrant Spring

As the militant protests against Donald Trump in California and across the nation attest, resistance to open racism and xenophobia is on the upswing. On May Day 2016, demonstrations from different sectors of the immigrant rights and labor movements once again hit U.S. streets drawing on the legacy of demonstrations a decade ago.

Reflections on a Woman Factory Worker’s Historic Run for Juarez Mayor

Antonia “Toñita” Hinojos Hernandez’s name won’t be appearing on the June ballot for mayor of the northern Mexican border city  Continue Reading »

US Gives Millions to “Export” Justice to Mexico, but in Border State It’s Breaking Bad

Most U.S. aid to Mexico supports governance, justice and “rule of law” reforms aimed at curbing corruption and remolding the notoriously dysfunctional Mexican justice system. But corruption pervades the U.S. justice system and the state of New Mexico is a good example.

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