697 Cases of Immigrant Abuse Are Under Investigation in Mexico

Mexico’s Attorney General is investigating cases of mistreatment of immigrants, mostly related to human trafficking, kidnapping, and labor exploitation (Emisoras Unidas).


Five years ago, the聽General Procurator聽of the Republic聽(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.

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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聽also been under investigation.

Several public officials from the National Immigration Institute (INM) were under investigation for聽extorsion, embezzelment, bribery, as well as members of the justice administration for聽abuse of authority, sexual harassment, and aggravated聽rape, according to reports from the聽Mexican newspaper El Universal.

One of the most serious cases that the Attorney General is investigating is the聽forced disappearance聽of an immigrant that was allegedly perpetrated by a member of the INM in聽2016.


For their part, the PGR’s Human Rights Assistant Attorney in the Crime Investigation Unit for Immigrants, indicated that between聽2012 and聽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 聽up on Recommendations and Conciliations in聽 Human Rights聽Matters, pointed out that their were six pretrial investigations in its records for illict acts in San Luis Potos铆, Veracruz, Chiapas, Ciudad Ju谩rez, Tabasco and M茅xico聽City.

The consulates that send the most cases to the 聽PGR are from聽Colombia, Brasil, Ecuador聽and聽Honduras, regarding Human Rights abuses, as well as violence against women聽and聽human trafficking.

Source: Milenio

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