Mexico

CRS partners with the Human Mobility Pastorate to ensure that the rights of migrants are protected. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

CRS partners with the Human Mobility Pastorate to ensure that the rights of migrants are protected. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

The CRS Mexico program addresses three key issues of concern to the Catholic Church in Mexico and the Catholic Church in the United States: peacebuilding and human rights, migration on both sides of the border and inequitable access to rural development opportunities.

Mexico is a country of about 112 million people. Although it's the second-largest economy in Latin America, 52% of its population lives in poverty. Only 23 million of its inhabitants are not in a vulnerable condition. Ongoing economic and social concerns during the last decade—in addition to drug trafficking, violence, smuggling and crime—are increasing the number of people forcefully displaced from their homes and businesses.

The geographical position of Mexico makes it a country of origin, transit and destination of migrants; therefore, migration, deportation and transmigration are at present three of the most important challenges facing Mexico's people and government.

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Stats

Population:116,220,947 (July 2013 est.)
Size:761,600 sq mi; about three times the size of Texas
People Served:47,608

History

Catholic Relief Services' activity in Mexico dates back to 1943, when the agency helped resettle approximately 1,500 Polish refugees in the state of Guanajuato. Since then, CRS Mexico has supported emergency relief efforts, human rights' defense for different vulnerable groups, advocacy projects to defend the rights of migrants and innovative agriculture programs.

Partners

Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Social (CEPS-Cáritas Mexicana)
The United Farmworkers of America (UFW)
CENTEOTL A.C.

Programs

Agriculture
Disaster Response
Peacebuilding
Other


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