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Human Rights

USAID’s cooperation in human rights seeks to prevent abuses such as torture and protect citizens’ rights.  We also engage with the public sector and civil society to prevent human rights violations, promote a culture of respect and value for human rights, and adequately respond to violations when they occur.   

We support the efforts of the Government of Mexico and Mexican civil society organizations to strengthen human rights by focusing on prevention, protection, and advocacy. This includes: 

  • improving government and civil society’s ability to prevent attacks against journalists and human rights defenders by reducing their vulnerabilities and improving preventive measures
  • strengthening, expanding, and enhancing protective measures and assistance available to at-risk journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico
  • improving the ability of civic groups to engage on public policy and secure long-term government commitment to protecting at-risk journalists and human rights defenders
  • enhancing the capacity of police and prosecutors to investigate crimes while respecting rights in a manner consistent with internationally recognized human rights standards
  • implementing a groundbreaking human rights constitutional reform passed in 2011
  • reducing arbitrary detentions, coerced confessions, pretrial detentions, unreasonable searches and seizures, and promoting greater access to justice for vulnerable groups.


During 2012,  we supported Mexico in achieving the following results: 

  • Provided expert advice in developing the legal framework for implementing human rights protection mechanism and federalizing crimes against journalists.
  • Supported human rights training for a number of organizations, including federal and state police officials and the Mexican federal government’s new victim assistance unit.   
  • Supported master’s degrees in human rights for 300 police officers.
  • Provided training for 135 media professionals on self-protection and digital security, and technical support to 30 human rights defenders.  
  • Provided continued assistance to three women’s justice centers in Oaxaca, Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, which provide comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence.
  • Worked closely with the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women to develop a manual on “How to Create a Women’s Justice Center.”

Last updated: May 16, 2018

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