Mexico officials accused of abuse in migration centers: report

08/03/2017 Reuters

INMMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A report found that staff at Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) abused and even tortured migrants held in detention centers across the country, a finding the organization disputed on Thursday.

INM commissioned the report, which was conducted by human rights works and others from outside the government agency. It was not clear why the agency commissioned the report but Mexico’s migration officers have long been accused of corruption, shaking down migrants and even working with organized criminals involved in human smuggling rings.

INM said it has taken steps to safeguard against the problems highlighted by the report but disputed the report’s most serious findings.

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