Migrants, Kidnapping and Serious Violations of Human Rights in Mexico

Migrants, Kidnapping and Serious Violations of Human Rights in Mexico

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, G

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please join us for a research presentation from Itzé Coronel Salomón. Ms. Coronel joined TBI this summer as a post-graduate intern conducting research on kidnapping of Central American migrants in Mexico for forced labors by drug cartels as a new trend in contemporary slavery. As part of her internship, she will offer a public presentation of the work she has done while with TBI.

Migrants, kidnapping and serious violations of human rights in Mexico
This research project constitutes an analysis of the phenomenon of Central American migrants kidnapped by drug cartels in Mexico for forced labors and recruitments into the forms of contemporary slavery and its implications. It focuses on the humanitarian crisis of undocumented migrants in transit through México who suffer from systematic and serious violations to their human rights as an extremely vulnerable group and an easy target for human trafficking networks. Discusses the fact that the state has failed in its responsibility to protect them and does not act with due diligence under international law because of the criminalization of migrant flows product of erroneous migration policies and stablishes that they urgently need to be addressed from a more humane perspective always based on the universally recognized principles of international law of human rights.

Itzé Coronel Salomón is a PhD student in International Law and International Relations at the Autonomous University of Madrid, she has a Master’s degree in International Law from Complutense University of Madrid and is a member of the training program for young PhD in strategic areas sponsored by Autonomous University of Sinaloa in México where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Social Sciences. Her research areas of interest are focused on Transnational Organized Crime, Migration and Human Rights as well as International Humanitarian Law.


The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies welcomed three specialized research practitioners for post-graduate internships this summer. Interns were asked to present a research proposal complementing one of the following five activity nodes of TBI:

  • Recognizing refugees from the drug war and the post-authoritarian transition it has obscured
  • Championing a human rights perspective on migration
  • Defending trans-border transparency and freedom of expression
  • Developing peace and justice curricula and other humanistic responses to war and dictatorship
  • Exposing the trans-border practices and legacies of the death penalty in the U.S. and Central America

During their time here, interns at TBI receive structured training in our research methods; contribute to our ongoing research projects; and gain valuable mentoring and review of their own research projects from the TBI director and staff.

The Trans-Border Institute promotes research, outreach and dialogue on border issues. For the last twenty years, we have been a leading source of expertise on the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Recently, we’ve expanded our portfolio beyond the U.S.-Mexico border and the set of issues “the border” usually implies in order to address the history, reality and aftermath of armed conflicts in Mexico and Central America, and the ways in which they interact with U.S. policies.

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