Mexico

Projects / Campaigns

We’ve been working in Mexico since 1998 when we began to provide access to healthcare to indigenous communities in the southern state of Chiapas.

1,742

Women supported

52,256

Condoms distributed

28

Health promoters trained

Today, our work focuses on protecting the rights of Central American migrants in Mexico and providing sexual and reproductive healthcare to sex workers in Chiapas. Approximately 40,000 Central Americans migrate to Mexico every year. Instead of making the journey to the USA, they settle in Mexico’s southern border areas, particularly in the state of Chiapas and the city of Tapachula.

Many women who immigrate to Mexico from countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras turn to sex work in order to make a living – often operating out of bars and clubs. However, since 2014 increasing restrictive legislation has made their situations precarious and their access to sexual and reproductive healthcare is severely limited.

Mexico © Nadja Massun

In the towns of Tapachula and Huixtla, our healthcare teams have formed a network of 28 female health promoters who cover 19 zones where sex workers are known to be active. They distribute contraceptives, administer free STI testing, and provide health information when needed. In addition to our work on the ground, we also helped to form the Migrant and Mexican Women’s Association Against Violence (AMMACV). The first association of female migrant sex workers in Mexico, the AMMACV aims to promote female migrant workers rights with Mexican health authorities, anti-trafficking bodies and the government’s immigration department.

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