From the start of the Biden administration to August 2022, “U.S. authorities have reported at least 372 cases of family separation,” but Observer reporters found additional cases.
Reveals new details about the Florida state government operation that sent dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in September 2022.
Investigates a September 27, 2022 incident in which twin brothers, one the warden of a jail that has housed detained immigrants, shot at a group of migrants in Hudspeth County, Texas, killing one.
Finds that U.S. asylum deterrence policies engender conditions that cause gender-based violence to proliferate at the U.S. southern border.
Reporters traversed the Darién Gap along with numerous migrants, including a large number of Venezuelan citizens.
Finds that, particularly in Border Patrol’s Yuma sector, “CBP is failing to comply with its own internal operating guidelines and unreasonably confiscating the personal property of individuals in its custody.”
The grim situation of migrants stuck in Mexico’s southern-border city of Tapachula.
Finds that operational challenges within the Office of Refugee Resettlement “hindered case management” at an emergency site at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2021, “which may have adversely affected unaccompanied children’s safety and well-being.” (Original link)
Lawsuit filed on behalf of migrants whom Florida’s state government arranged to put on a plane to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in September 2022. (Original link)
A Salvadoran man, deported despite courts’ findings that he would face danger, disappears amid the Salvadoran government’s sweeping crackdown on suspected gang members.
As the Remain in Mexico “2.0” policy comes to an end, “a vanishingly small number of the mainly Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans subjected to the policy were granted asylum.”
Migrants contend with trauma after passing through Panama’s treacherous Darién Gap.
A letter to congressional committee chairs about further activities of Border Patrol’s controversial Critical Incident Teams, which are to be abolished at the end of September 2022.
A complaint to the Justice Department about racial profiling and dangerous vehicle pursuits carried out by Texas state law enforcement personnel within the framework of the so-called “Operation Lone Star.”
A discussion of Latin America’s historic current levels of migration, commitments made at the Summit of the Americas, and what WOLA staff have seen during recent fieldwork at the U.S.-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala borders.
The organization’s latest accounting, with statistics and anecdotal examples, of human rights abuses against asylum seekers that have resulted from U.S. government policies or actions.
A field report on abuses of migrant rights in Mexico’s southern-border city of Tapachula, focusing on the asylum-seeking migrant population stranded there.
The Mexican government’s human rights ombusdman reports on the human rights aspects of attempts to form migrant caravans in 2021. (Link at cndh.org.mx)
The commentary that WOLA published to accompany the launch of this database. (Español)
An investigation of the human toll of Title 42 expulsions on migrants in San Diego and Tijuana.
A thorough takedown of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R)’s “Operation Lone Star,” in which state police arrested over 7,200 migrants, often on “trespassing” charges, in seven months.