Mexico Travel Opportunities
Witness for Peace delegations examine the root causes of migration, societal impacts of the U.S.-backed war on drugs, and hopeful alternatives through meetings with organizations and individuals from a wide sector of Mexican society, including:
- Human rights defenders advocating for indigenous peoples, women, political activists, and victims of the drug war;
- Activists organizing against neo-liberal economic policies, including those that work with the Mexican Network of Action Against Free Trade;
- Catholic churches and lay people meeting the humanitarian needs of both Central American and Mexican migrants making the dangerous journey northward;
- Organizations defending native corn and food sovereignty in resistance to NAFTA, including the internationally recognized campesino organization CEDICAM (Center for Integral Development of the Campesino of the Mixteca Alta); and
- Educational leaders developing new learning models that question traditional academia and teacher-student relationships.
Delegations spend time anywhere from Mexico City, home to 25 million Mexicans, to remote campesino communities with populations in the hundreds. In these varied locations, delegates will experience firsthand the current conditions and as well as witness grassroots strategies of resistance to unjust U.S. policies in Mexico.
Currently incidents of violence related to drug cartels center on the U.S.-Mexico border and in the northern states, not in areas where Witness for Peace delegations regularly travel. While there is always a risk associated with travel, the Witness for Peace Mexico Team takes security precautions seriously in order to keep delegates safe. You can read Witness for Peace's statement on security in Mexico here.