The Line of Research on disappearance and enforced disappearances of people has the objective of generating knowledge on findings of clandestine graves and on the search experience families with missing persons. This is intended to identify good and bad practices of governmental bodies, generate diagnoses, and search tools for missing people to influence the public discussion.
The line of research on refugees has the objective of analyzing, evaluating, and creating advocacy in the attention systems of refugees, stateless persons, displaced persons, and other populations who deserve international protection. To achieve this, we look to identify good practices and to produce tools that strengthen the work of the government and civil society.
The Human Rights Program of Universidad Iberoamericana seeks, since it was created, to contribute to the full validity of human rights in Mexico through the generation of knowledge with social relevance, the incidence in the political and social context as well as the promotion of justice.
Through its work, the Human Rights Program generates research products that proactively contribute to national and local discussions on the human rights situation and allows the generation of positive changes both in social perceptions and in the behavior and practices of the governmental organs responsible for guaranteeing human rights in Mexico.
From an interdisciplinary perspective, the Program´s team - together with other university institutions and national as well as international research centers - implements various research projects. Using statistical-oriented technological tools, we seek to generate analysis based on data that can provide objective and timely information to understand human rights-related phenomena.
With the intention of effectively influencing the shaping of the political agenda and influencing decision-making processes at the national level, the Human Rights Program facilitates the holding of all kinds of discussion forums on issues related to human rights, in which reflection and debate among academics, students, public officials and civil society, in general, is encouraged.
Through the publication of research products, the Human Rights Program contributes to the dissemination of theoretical and practical knowledge related to human rights. These investigations also pursue the objective of serving as inputs and tools for civil society organizations and for the
creation/modification of public policies.
With the idea of positioning human rights as a central axis in the comprehensive training of future professionals in our country, the Human Rights Program carries out different activities aimed at the IBERO community, including specific conferences, talks, classes, and courses, as well as opportunities for students to collaborate voluntarily in one of our projects.
The entry of refugees and asylum seekers into Mexico has increased significantly in recent years, with which a variety of challenges have arisen for both state authorities and civil society organizations. In order to contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon and to the development of useful tools for the care of this population, the Human Rights Program has produced a variety of research materials. The findings contained in these materials inform both the design processes of public policies and the strategies that could be implemented by civil society organizations in accompanying this population.
Enforced disappearance are a severe problem in México. To contribute to the growth and creation of useful tools for victims and the formulation of policy that encompasses prevention and attention, the Human Rights Program has produced several materials. Among them stand out reports about clandestine graves, victim help handbooks, and collective’s documentation and organizational processes.
This map shows national and local press findings of clandestine graves, between the years 2007-2016 in México. The figures come from project Violence and terror. Findings on clandestine graves in México from the HRP Ibero. Users can consult the disaggregated data in a municipal and state level, plus a state to state report.
En el periodo 2006-16, la prensa ha registrado 1 mil 38 fosas clandestinas, de las cuales se han exhumados 3 mil 187 cuerpos de personas en 30 entidades del país.
Los estados de Guerrero, Veracruz, Jalisco, Chihuahua y Coahuila concentran el 60% del total de fosas clandestinas reportadas por prensa.
The states of Guerrero, Durango, Jalisco, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua concentrate 56% of all exhumed bodies reported by the press.
Seminar - On Agrarian Justice: Reading agrarian law in Mexico in light of international standards on indigenous rights
Participation in seminar on Agrarian Justice: Read agrarian law in Mexico in light of international standards on indigenous rights, convened by the DPLF, the Indignation team and the Ciesas Peninsular, in the city of Mérida, Yucatán.
Seminar - From the clandestine graves to the empty tomb: narratives of resurrection in times of horror Participation in the permanent seminar entitled "From the clandestine graves to the empty tomb: narratives of resurrection in times of horror".
Participation - Consultation General Observation 1 CAT Committee
Participation in the consultation on the revised draft General Observation 1 of the CAT Committee, organized by the OMCT in Geneva with members of the CAT and other actors.
Encounter - Migrant Children
Participation in a meeting of migrant children in Tapachula at the invitation of the CDH Fray Matías.
Meeting - Second meeting: Perspectives and challenges in the implementation of constitutional reforms of protection, human rights and criminal justice. A look from the University
Discussion - The role of the University in the current context of human rights crisis.
Presentation - Right to the Truth in Mexico: Scope and limitations in cases of serious human rights violations
Presentation of the report Right to the Truth in Mexico: Scope and limitations in cases of serious human rights violations, prepared by Article 19.
Presentation - Implementation of the General Law on Disappearance
In Saltillo, Coahuila, an exhibition was given within the framework of the national forum on the implementation of the General Law of Forced Disappearance.
Linkage - Preparation of document Situation of clandestine graves in Mexico
Preparation of the document “Situation of clandestine graves in Mexico” to be sent to the UN Human
Rights Council in the framework of the 2018 Universal Periodic Review.
Publication: Gender as a cause of refugee.
In January 2019, we presented the report “Gender as a cause for the recognition of refugee status in the Mexican asylum system” as part of the Observatory for International Protection.
Publication: Gender as a cause of refugee.
In February 2019, we presented the report “Issues of the administrative procedure for the recognition of refugee status: legal representation, interviews and review resources on asylum procedures in Mexico” as part of the Observatory of International Protection.
Publication: Asylum seekers of Venezuelan origin.
In March 2019 we presented the report “Situation of asylum seekers of Venezuelan origin” as part of the Observatory for International Protection.
Forum: Forum about the search process of families with missing persons
From the 27th to February 29, together with Elementa DH, Data Cívica, and the Baja California Human Rights Commission, the Meeting was carried out in Tijuana, Baja California.
Conference: death penalty
On March 10, 2020, the Conference on the death penalty dictated by Santiago Corcuera was carried out, in response to the legislative proposals by the Green Party and Morena.
Naming: Search Council for Missing Persons Mexico City
On March 19, 2020, the person in charge of the Grave Violations of Human Rights strategic line was designated as a member of the Citizen’s Search Council for Missing Persons of Mexico City.
Tel: +52 (55) 5950-4000 Ext. 7658
Candidate to master’s degree in Public Policy at Universidad Iberoamericana and graduate in Law by the same university. Member and current coordinator of the Human Rights Program at Universidad Iberoamericana. Specialist in human mobility, including, regular migration, asylum-seeking, stateless people, and refugees. Experience in research for incidence on public policy, litigation, and training. Since 2017, he coordinates the International Observatory of Protection project, which evaluates the implementation of the migration and refugee policy in México. He has been at the helm of several civil society organizations and is a member of the Latin American Refugee Law Reader Network.
Tel: +52 (55) 5950-4000 Ext. 7658
Graduate in Political Science and Public Administration at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Former member of Oaxaca’s truth commission. Universidad Iberoamericana recognized this project as the best social service experience in 2016, based on the investigative work done for the commission. Since January, 2016, he’s a member of the Human Rights Program at the same university. He was at the forefront of the Violencia y Terror. Hallazgos sobre fosas clandestinas en México report redaction, presented by Ibero and the Mexican Human Rights Defense Commission. Currently, he coordinates the research on enforced disappearances, and is a member of the Citizen Council for Mexico City’s Missing People Search System.
Tel: +52 (55) 5950-4000 Ext. 7276
Graduate in International Relations at Universidad Iberoamericana. She collaborates with the Human Rights Program since 2017, as an intern at the International Protection Observatory, later joining the refugee research team. Volunteer at the civil society organization Programa Casa Refugiados.
Tel: +52 (55) 5950-4000 Ext. 4054
Technical studies as a programming analyst. Member of Universidad Iberoamericana since 1998, starting as Chief Secretary at the Human Rights Program. Since 2004, she’s been an administrative assistant at the HRP, in charge of budget management for operational processes and external financing. Throughout this time, she has bonded with professors, students and volunteers, via the creation of several projects, including logo design, posters, programs, expositions, documentary presentations, book presentations, among other activities. Currently she performs as an administrative assistant at the Gender and Inclusion Program and the Educational Equity Program.
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