With a population of approximately 120 million people, Mexico is the world’s eleventh most populous and the most populated Spanish-speaking state, as well as the second most populous nation in Latin America. Mexico is a federation of 31 states and a special federal entity that also serves as the country’s capital and most populous metropolis. Guadalajara, León, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, and Tijuana are among the other major cities.
The country ranks first in terms of killings; corruption pervades every level of government, freedom of speech is constantly endangered, human development lags behind, and 52 percent of the population lives in poverty.
The rate of violence in this area is quite high in comparison to the state average; Reynosa is Tamaulipas’ municipality with the worst indicators. Tamaulipas had the third highest number of kidnappings in Mexico in June 2018. Homicides, kidnappings, disappearances, and carjacking are just a few of the violent scenarios that people face in this very confusing, convoluted, and deadly environment.
Tamaulipas is the quickest migration route from Central America to the United States, yet it is also the most dangerous. Migrants passing through Mexico or leaving from other parts of the nation often traverse Tamaulipas with “polleros” and hide in “safe homes” in Reynosa, Matamoros, and Nuevo Laredo.
Apart from the well-known dangers migrants experience along the way, migrants in Tamaulipas confront a wide range of violence, including extortion, abduction, and trafficking. Deportees from the United States are also received in Reynosa, Matamoros, and Nuevo Laredo. Deportations in these three border cities Tamaulipas surged by 56% in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017. (Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros). At the time of deportation, up to 18% of deportees had common mental illnesses. They have social needs as well since they are away from their social support networks.
The project aims to address the needs for training and education in the fields of Education for Children, Health care and security that meets internationally recognized standards, as well as expertise and training for the construction of a Migrant Center in Tamaulipas (North Border at first step ) with adequate sleeping, medical and psychological care, educational and recreational space.
Women, single women with children, single-parent households, minors, minors with guardians, people with chronic degenerative diseases, and those with pending asylum petitions are among the most vulnerable populations targeted by the initiative.
To achieve this, FSF-IHCE has to work in collaboration with various stakeholders, including religious organizations (shelter providers) and government migration institutions and primary and secondary level health facilities for people on the move.
The partnership with the Ministry of Health, Migration and Public Security will be strengthened by raising awareness and Strengthening of technical capacity through our formative intervention for the provision of adequate care to victims while increasing awareness and working for the inclusion of mental health care.
We will work together in the places currently identified in Reynosa (ITM, CMG, SV and
CAMEF) and Matamoros (Casa del Migrante) and with the state government to identify the best construction area for the migrant care center as well as with other global NGOs to provide humanitarian services within the center and its administration.