697 Cases of Immigrant Abuse Are Under Investigation in Mexico
Five years ago, the General Procurator of the Republic (PGR), the equivalent of the Attorney General in other countries, began 697 pretrial investigations, as well as investigation files for crimes committed against immigrants in Mexico in which government and federal authorities may be involved.
Among the main crimes that are under investigation by the the PGR are kidnapping, battery, forced entry, illegal detention, illegal immigrant trafficking, as well as labor exploitation.
Authorities from San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Chiapas, Ciudad Juarez, Tabasco and Mexico City, who are allegely involved in crimes related to the misuse of authority, have also been under investigation.
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Several public officials from the National Immigration Institute (INM) were under investigation for extorsion, embezzelment, bribery, as well as members of the justice administration for abuse of authority, sexual harassment, and aggravated rape, according to reports from the Mexican newspaper El Universal.
One of the most serious cases that the Attorney General is investigating is the forced disappearance of an immigrant that was allegedly perpetrated by a member of the INM in 2016.
For their part, the PGR’s Human Rights Assistant Attorney in the Crime Investigation Unit for Immigrants, indicated that between 2012 and 2016 128 pretrial investigations took place, as well as the establishment of 87 investigation files for crimes against immigrants in the country.
In connection with this, the General Direction of Attention and Follow up on Recommendations and Conciliations in Human Rights Matters, pointed out that their were six pretrial investigations in its records for illict acts in San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Chiapas, Ciudad Juárez, Tabasco and México City.
The consulates that send the most cases to the PGR are from Colombia, Brasil, Ecuador and Honduras, regarding Human Rights abuses, as well as violence against women and human trafficking.