05 November 2010
Protect Mexico’s Invisible Victims

Strip taken from The Invisibles film poster. This is a 4 part film featuring Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, in which migrants travelling through Mexico describe their hopes and fears, 2010.© Mark Silver

Every year, tens of thousands of people leave their homes in Central America and journey north through Mexico as irregular migrants. Driven by grinding poverty and insecurity back home, they travel in hope of reaching the USA with its promise of work and a new life. But all too often their dreams are turned to nightmares as they brave one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.

Excluded from mainstream society and denied protection , they are condemned to a life on the margins.

Thousands fall victim to beatings, abduction, rape or even murder by criminal gangs who often act in complicity with public officials. The large majority of abuses are ignored and never investigated.

These abuses must no longer be tolerated in Mexico.

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