March 2019


In the Mexican border city of Mexicali, local residents are still getting used to the massive flow of migrants who’ve found themselves there, waiting for an opportunity to enter the U.S. The two groups are trying to co-exist, hoping for an eventual end to the turmoil in their city. In the capital city of Baja California, the new migrants from Central America have learned from the olds ones: in this case, they’re Mexican Deportees. We spoke with 22- year-old Brian was deported to Mexicali after living in Yuma Arizona for two decades. Now he helps the newcomers adapt to a different culture. The arrival of migrant caravans has created an urgent need for temporary housing. Six months ago, Kevin inaugurated “The Yellow Castle” which provides shelter and food for migrants. But he admits that the incorporation of the newcomers hasn’t gone smoothly. Most of the Central American migrants have the will to…

Tijuana topped the list with 138 killings per 100,000 Tijuana residents, averaging about seven per day.  A barbed wire was installed by US authorities to reinforce the border in response to the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans. On the Mexican side of the border, they worried most about the rise in violence. Yanira is a Salvadoran refugee, she has been living in a shelter for two months. She only leave this place to go to her asylum interview appointment in San Diego. She’s afraid to be on the streets in Tijuana.  FULL STORY HERE:

Immigration officers are particularly hard on women traveling alone with their children. Women and children are the ones who suffer the most in these caravans. But what drives them to continue on their arduous journey north is a passionate desire to provide their children with better, safer lives. As part of Univision’s week-long series looking at the border crisis, Valeria Leon reports on the journey for the mostly Central American migrants who have joined the caravans heading to the United States. It’s a challenging trip for anyone, much more so for single mothers who decide to make the trek with their children. Full story here:

This is the 4th migrant caravan to arrive in Mexico City in less than a year. Out of the 3,000 migrants that left Honduras only 350 made it here. In Mexico City, the government is implementing stricter measures to deal with the flow of migrants coming into the country from Central America. Many of these policies took effect after the arrival of the last caravan and could offer a preview of Mexico’s new attitude towards migrants passing through the country. At the migrant shelter in Mexico City, Central Americans feel lucky to have gotten as far as they have, considering both the distance and constant abuse they received from immigration officers. Mexico has become a destination for migrants traveling in caravans. In response to the wave of immigration the Mexican government has aimed to control the illegal crossers. Mexico’s popularity as a destination, rather than a mere transit route, for…

Mexico City is the global king of smog. But the structure surrounding this building – which contains titanium dioxide that activates with sunlight- reduces the impact of air pollution. The technology behind this smog-eating building was developed by Berlin-based design firm Elegant Embellishments. This was a government initiative fully funded by the Ministry of Health. Construction has one of the largest carbon footprints in the world. In this context, ecological awareness becomes essential to building a in many of the world’s most polluted cities.

This magazine is changing the way homeless live in Mexico. Launched five years ago by Maria Portilla, “Mi Valedor” is Mexico’s first magazine to arise from the streets. 27-year-old Gustavo is part of Mexico’s growing homeless and low-income population. He has found in Mi Valedor a supporting community. 5,000 magazines are distributed in Mexico City every month. The vendors -who call themselves  “valedores”- buy the magazine for five pesos and sell it for twenty, making a profit of 70% In this number, “valedor” Alfredo Diaz participated as a writer and as model in a photo shoot sponsored by Levi’s. His work at Mi Valedor took him out of the streets. Like Alfredo, other 35 sellers are part of this social enterprise, which is expanding in different areas where they aim to contribute tackle homelessness. Valeria Leon reports from Mexico City.

More women are starting their own businesses in Mexico, that has one of the largest gender employment gaps in the world. Female participation in the workforce grew by more than 10 percent from the year before. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Mexico is the only country in Latin America where more women start businesses than men. “We want to help other women, other women helping us also with their talents. We wanted to see more role models, not only for us but for future generations. Woman role models, because we believe and we have this motor if you can see her you can become her”, said Marisse del Olmo who aims to increase success rates among female entrepreneurs through woman-to-woman networking. Valeria Leon reports from Mexico City: Follow the story:

Just after midnight last night clubbers ran for their lives in Salamanca after a gang opened fire on a nightclub. According to local reports, a group of armed men arrived in La Playa club and Within a short time, started spraying bullets on the customers and staff, killing 14 people-  Witnesses reported having to run amid violent scenes, during which the suspected gunmen disappeared. Authorities are now hunting the killers and are trying to figure out what the motivation for the attack was. Paramedics battled to save some of the victims, the seven injured survivors were rushed to hospital. Mexican soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area and conducted a full search of the club, but so far they’ve been unable to find those responsible and the motive of the attack remains unclear. Salamanca is the site of the main pipeline of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), where fuel…

In an effort to reduce the rate of violent crime in Mexico City, the local government has started a gun buy-back programme. So far, it’s been received with enthusiasm especially from families, who don’t want their children exposed to gun culture. Valeria Leon has the story.