UUSC supports organizations along the migrant trail from Central America to the United States to protect migrants from violence and extortion while in transit and help them to safely seek asylum in Mexico, if they choose to do so.
Our partners advocate for transnational systems to ensure crimes against undocumented migrants can be reported and prosecuted, and help families locate their missing family members. They provide legal assistance to seek asylum in Mexico and help strengthen Mexico’s overwhelmed asylum system. They also direct safe transit shelters where migrants can be informed of their rights and work to expose and address causes of migrant deaths in the desert.
As the United States seeks to shift the burden to transit countries and deter asylum-seekers from finding safety within its borders, it is even more crucial that human rights defenders monitor asylum systems and immigration enforcement across borders.