Christine Murray

Cuts or closure? Safety fears loom for women at Mexico's trafficking shelters

17 Apr 2019

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico's few shelters for victims of human trafficking are under threat - one has recently closed and another is on the brink - following a government crackdown on funding for non-profits that campaigners say could leave vulnerable women in fresh danger.

Mexico's new govt to scrutinize 'failing' anti-trafficking strategy

20 Mar 2019

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico's new government is reviewing the country's "failing" anti-human trafficking policy with a focus on providing better support for victims, a top official said, after academics and activists criticized previous efforts as lacking impact.

Mexico's missing people agency searching for trafficking victims

15 Mar 2019

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From young men forced to work as hitmen to missing migrants, Mexico will be on the lookout for potential victims of human trafficking as it searches for tens of thousands of people who are registered as disappeared, a leading official said.

Freedom through speech: comic calls for public's help to fight human trafficking

05 Mar 2019

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An online comic strip released on Tuesday tells the story of a Mexican girl working 17-hour days cleaning an American office building until a woman working late sees her and speaks out, leading the girl to freedom from human trafficking.

Insight: El Salvador's top cop pursues politicians; now some want him gone

20 Dec 2018

SAN SALVADOR When El Salvador's legislative assembly confirmed little-known Douglas Melendez as attorney general in 2016, many here thought it was business as usual in a country where high-level corruption has long gone unpunished.

Officials say two Honduran migrant youths killed in Mexico

19 Dec 2018

MEXICO CITY The bodies of two slain Honduran migrant youths were found in the Mexican border city of Tijuana at the weekend, officials said on Tuesday, in a sign of the dangers facing Central Americans in Mexico as they seek to enter the United States.

Many U.S.-bound caravan migrants disperse as asylum process stalls

09 Dec 2018

TIJUANA, Mexico Thousands of Central American migrants spent weeks traveling north through Mexico in caravans, walking and hitching rides when possible, only for many to give up hope and turn back when they met resistance at the U.S. border. | Video

Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border

05 Dec 2018

TIJUANA, Mexico Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. | Video

Caravan migrants in Mexico fill new border shelter after rains force exodus

01 Dec 2018

TIJUANA, Mexico Hundreds of mostly Central American migrants poured into a new shelter on Friday as bus loads fled a filthy, flooded sports complex on the eve of a presidential inauguration in Mexico that could recast the border crisis with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Handful of caravan migrants launch hunger strike at U.S. border

30 Nov 2018

TIJUANA, Mexico A handful of the thousands of Central American migrants camped out at the U.S.-Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way.

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Afghan communications ministry attacked, seven killed

At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban.