Press Release

IACHR Office of Rapporteur on Migrant Workers to Visit Mexico

July 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will carry out a visit to Mexico from July 25 to August 2, 2011, at the government's invitation. It will be the second visit for this Office of the Rapporteur to Mexico; the first was in 2002.

During the visit, the Office of the Rapporteur will observe the human rights situation of migrant persons in Mexico. Toward that end, the delegation will meet with government authorities at the various levels (federal, state, and local); with international organizations, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM); as well as with representatives of civil society.

The Office of the Rapporteur will visit Mexico City, in the Federal District; Oaxaca and Ixtepec, in the state of Oaxaca; Echegaray, Tapachula, and Ciudad Hidalgo, in the state of Chiapas; Veracruz and Tierra Blanca, in the state of Veracruz; and Reynosa and San Fernando, in the state of Tamaulipas. The delegation will be composed of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families, Commissioner Felipe González; IACHR Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton; and Álvaro Botero, the Office of the Rapporteur's attorney specialist.

The Office of the Rapporteur appreciates the cooperation provided by the government of Mexico, the nongovernmental organizations, the international organizations, and other civil society institutions in the planning and preparation for this visit.

For more information on the activities during the visit, as well as to participate in the meetings with civil society, please send an email message to Álvaro Botero ([email protected]).

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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