Witness for Peace Mexico Program
With the implementation of NAFTA in 1994, over 2 million farming jobs were lost in Mexico. The economic devastation lead to a boom in Mexican migration towards the U.S. Although immigration is often discussed in the U.S., strikingly absent from the debate is recognition of the fact that U.S. policies are pushing migration. Witness for Peace documents and exposes the connections between trade policies and immigration through delegations, documentary work, media outreach, and activist trainings.
Since 2008, Witness for Peace has become increasingly concerned with the role of the U.S. in the drug war in Mexico. Through the Mérida Initiative, the United States promised over 1 billion dollars in military aid to Mexican security forces. This militarized approach has to led thousands of deaths, high levels of insecurity, and a spike in human rights abuses committed by military personnel, all without achieving the supposed goal of diminishing the drug trade. As Mexicans call for the restoration of peace and justice, Witness for Peace provides analysis of the U.S. role in this war and mobilizes U.S. citizens to stand in solidarity with Mexican society.
Witness for Peace delegations to Mexico give U.S. citizens the opportunity to see first-hand the impacts of our economic and military policies on Mexican people. We also arrange speaker tours to the United States in which Mexican community organizers dialogue with U.S. audiences. Through documentary work, historical study, political analysis, and direct experience, Witness for Peace delegates are equipped to organize in their communities and on a national level for just U.S. policies towards Mexico.