On 27 June, there was held a Forum to discuss the human rights of agricultural day laborers within the Senate. At this event, there was presented the Report of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (Guerrero), “Migrants we are, and on the path we travel.”
Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, denounced that “when in Mexico the situation of migrants is discussed, these are immediately associated with the oppressive conditions confronted by Central American peoples who transit through Mexico, or even the struggle of our compatriots in United States […]. But the systematic violation of the human rights of the thousands of indigenous families who year after year migrate to the large agricultural camps of the northern states of Mexico to survive oscillates between invisibility and indifference.” It should be mentioned that close to 26% of the Mexican population is migrant and that, of these, 9 of 10 are internal migrants.
In this sense, the region of the Mountain in Guerrero projects labor to 16 other states of the country. Abel Barrera indicates that “within the context of marginalization and poverty, migration to agricultural camps has been converted to a strategy of survival which entire towns turn to: the dilemma is to migrate or to die, given that campesinos have no access to healthcare, live in deplorable conditions (such as abandoned homes or semi-constructed buildings), where between 50 and 100 people come to live, with the presence of child laborers prevailing.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Migrar o morir, dilema que enfrentan en La Montaña, expone Tlachinollan en foro (La Jornada de Guerrero, 28 de junio de 2013)
Cuestionan eficacia de apoyos a jornaleros (Reforma, 28 de junio de 2013)