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Delivered to Danger

Human Rights Investigations Lab 2021-Current

Student Investigations Lab Project

Delivered to Danger is a multi-year investigative partnership with El Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (IMUMI) and Human Rights First (HRF) that empowers students to contribute to influential reports which advocate for elected officials to take action. 

Our Lab team supported IMUMI and HRF as they urged the U.S. government to end policies that leave refugees and migrants stranded in Mexico while they seek entry into the United States. Our team also investigated incidents of harm against Venezuelan asylum seekers and migrants expelled to or stranded in Mexico after the U.S. government expanded Title 42. Students verified and documented crimes against migrants in Mexico to enable IMUMI, HRF, and other human rights defenders to combat impunity for abuses and to advocate more effectively for humane border policies. Our student researchers populated an interactive map detailing 60 of these incidents including kidnappings, assaults, and other violent crimes, extortion and abuse by police and other government officers, family separations, forced busing, and abandonment without resources.

On November 15, 2022, a Washington D.C. district court voided Title 42, the 2020 policy preventing people from seeking asylum at U.S. ports of entry for the purpose of contagious disease containment. The judge cited a Human Rights First report that included incidents of violence against migrants and asylum seekers tracked by students from the Investigations Labs at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA. Students are continuing to work with IMUMI and HRF to track incidents of violence against people attempting to cross the border.

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The border wall along the Mexican-American border, near Campo, California. Image by Greg Bulla via Unsplash.

Partners

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Explore the Incident Map

Students Documented and Investigated:

Crimes committed in Mexico (including extortion, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, homicide, femicide)

Crimes occurring in 2021 (as Title 42 remains in place, and has extended to Southern Mexico)

Crimes committed against non-Mexican migrants/asylum seekers and Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum

News

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December 8, 2021

Biden administration poised to eliminate critical safeguard amid escalating reports of erroneous credible fear decisions

Investigations Lab in the News — Human Rights First: Biden administration poised to eliminate critical safeguard amid escalating reports of erroneous credible fear decisions, reporting with

A large wall is shown with chicken wire at the top.

December 15, 2022

Human rights stain, public health farce

Investigations Lab in the News — Human Rights First: Human rights stain, public health farce, reporting with Investigations Lab research.