Report Paints Harrowing Picture of Central America Migration

5/11/2017 New York Times

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyMEXICO CITY — A report from the international medical group Doctors Without Borders paints a harrowing picture of migration from Central America’s violence-plagued Northern Triangle region through Mexico and toward the United States.

The study released Thursday is based on surveys and medical data from the last two years. Among its findings:

— Almost 40 percent of those interviewed say they left home due to attacks, threats, extortion or attempts at forced recruitment by gangs in Central America.

— Nearly 70 percent have been victims of violence during transit toward the United States, including nearly a third of women who reported being sexually abused.

The report says heightened immigration enforcement by the United States and Mexico threatens to make more refugees and migrants vulnerable to exploitation by smugglers, gangs and corrupt authorities.

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