Advocacy and Protection of Migrant Rights

Voces Mesoamericanas recognizes that migrating to another place is a right of all people, as well as an ancestral quality of our peoples. However, free, voluntary and informed migrations are not always allowed and are increasingly discouraged. Unfortunately, in one way or another, most current migrations actually involve forced displacement, a product of violence, impoverishment, inequality, unemployment, and other factors. Faced with this, we demand the dignity of migration in its deepest sense, that is, in conditions of full respect for our human rights, labor, and citizens, and access to justice. Likewise, staying in our communities is also a right, which will be fulfilled by having access in a dignified and sufficient way to food, health, education, employment, justice, and all our rights in general, always respecting our ways of understanding life, and in balance with our territories, environment and diverse identities.

For the excercise of our rights as migrant peoples!

For justice and equality for migrants, their families, and their communities in Chiapas!

Advocay and Protection of Migrant Rights

Activation of comprehensive protocols and routes for strategic advocacy and protection, under a psycho-juridical approach, for migrants who, during their travel, in the workplace or on their return are in a delicate situation, for example: detentions and imprisonment, hospitalizations and health problems, legal issues because of a breach of contract by their employer, and deaths, human rights violations, among others.
  • Activation of localization services and governmental and non-governmental protection to migrants who are in the United States or other states of Mexico, restoration of family communication, and processing of paperwork and procedures through government offices.
  • Support in the procedures for transportation transfer of sick people and some family; Search for financial support for medical care and / or medicines.
  • Information and advice on the steps to file a complaint against employers who abused the rights of migrant workers; Process of adquiring migrant workers' pensions for injuries.
  • Support in the search for resources and procedures for the transfer of a body in case of death; Establishment of communication with government offices to monitor the case of the deceased; Emotional support to families of the deceased.
Missing migrants are those who left for another state in our country or for the United States, and for reasons we do not know, they stopped communicating with their families. This can be due to the risks that exist during the trip (kidnappings, detentions, accidents) and up to the moment of crossing the border (roads through the deserts or mountains) among other causes. Circumstances in which the State has an obligation to protect and guarantee the rights of migrants.
  • Searching in prisons, migratory centers, shelters, hospitals, morgues and forensic medical centers.
  • Activation of the search mechanisms for deceased persons through the Forensic Data Bank on Non-Localized Migrants.
  • Advice and support throughout the search process.
They are minors under 18 years of age who, for different reasons, left for other states of the country or for the United States; Some travel accompanied by a relative or coyote, but on other occasions they travel alone.
These minors are exposed to more dangers along the way and in the place of destination, as they do not have enough experience to defend themselves against abuse by strangers or authorities, this lack of experience makes them victims of deception that can result in being detained or in serious problems. Likewise, they are more easily victims of trafficking.
  • Restablecimiento de la comunicación entre el menor, su madre y padre.
  • Restore communication between the child and his or her parents.
  • Search in hostels for minors, detention centers, and migratory centers.
  • Procedures with institutions to expedite the return of children to their communities.
  • Psychosocial care for migrant children, adolescents and their families

They are people who, at regular intervals (6 months to 1 year), go to work in agricultural fields in the north of the country, for example: Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California, or to construction works and tourist services in places like Cancun, Playas del Carmen and Cozumel and Nayarit.

Most day laborers do not have formal contracts of employment; Their workdays go over the 8 hours allowed by law and are not given overtime pay, nor do they have health services. They also suffer from other situations of abuse and exploitation, harassment, extortion, and threats.

Servicios - Services:

  • Advise in processes of labor lawsuits because of accidents, deceit, breach of contract, and others.

  • Training in the promotion and defense of labor and social rights.

There are many doubts that are generated by migration:
How to go about getting a passport?
My son or daughter was born in the United States and I want to legalize their documents in Mexico.
I live in United States and need a document from Mexico.
What are the biggest dangers of the trip?
What are temporary work visas?
  • Support with migration paperwork and procedures in Mexico and the United States (passports, visas, temporary permits).
  • Support with requests for official documents for Mexicans: birth certificate, CURP, and others.
  • Information about the dangers of migration and the location of shelters or support centers for migrants.
The Forensic Data Bank on Unlocated Migrants of the State of Chiapas (BDF-Chiapas) is a search mechanism for missing migrants between deceased and unidentified persons, and channels information to institutions and organizations that conduct searches for living persons.
It was created in 2011 and is made up of the State Commission for Human Rights in Chiapas (, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (, la Mesa de Coordinación Transfronteriza Migraciones y Género, Committee of United Families of Chiapas Looking for Our Migrants "Junax Ko'tantik," and Voces Mesoamericanas, Acción con Pueblos Migrantes.
The BDF-Chiapas implements an Assistance Program for Family Members of Missing Migrants, with the purpose of accompanying, guiding, and activating mechanisms that allow us to search among people who died on migratory routes; It also advises us on organizations that can look for them in places where they might be alive.
The Committee of United Families of Chiapas Looking for Our Migrants "Junax Ko'tantik," is composed of relatives of disappeared migrants who are originally from the state of Chiapas. The committee has an intercultural wealth because its members belong to different peoples: tseltales, tsotsiles, choles, tojolabales, and mestizos, who have recognized that they find themselves in the same problem that allows them to move from the case of their family to the collective cause. Their languages, ways of coexistence and relationships, worldviews and life experiences, are not a barrier for families to share the path of truth, justice, integral reparation, and cessation of violations of the human rights of migrants .
The purpose of the Committee is to articulate social and political actions that allow the missing relatives of migrants to be found. It also maintains a permanent formation process that allows them to know and analyze the mechanisms to access justice for disappeared migrants and their families, and to strengthen their hearts and their struggle through psychosocial work. The Committee is actively involved in the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, which promotes the adoption of effective laws on forced disappearance.
One of the important works developed by the Committee is to participate in the Directory of the Forensic Data Bank of Missing Migrants of the State of Chiapas, as representative of relatives of disappeared migrants, monitoring and supervising the Bank's work in the search of remains identified in forensic services, municipal cemeteries, and among other places in the territories of Mexico and the United States of America.