for Impact

To achieve sustainable changes in public policies that promote the rights of migrants and contribute to the economic sustainability of communities of origin so that migration can be considered an option and not a necessity.

Shared Agenda
for Action

  • Promote collaboration between civil society and governments to improve and ensure implementation of the systems that regulate international migration.

  • Defend access to justice for migrants who have been the victims of serious crimes, especially during transit.

  • Promote a labor policy for Central America and advocate for changes to the recruiting systems that bring workers to the United States and Canada.

  • Strengthen migrant organizations and build their capacity to collaborate across national borders and to impact development and remittance programs in communities of origin.


Event to promote Mexican voting rights in West Chicago, Illinois, with performances of folk traditions by migrants from Michoacán, Mexico.
12 million Mexican migrants expand their voting rights

In May 2014, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) successfully advocated for reforms to the Ley General de Instituciones y Procedimientos Electorales (General Law on Electoral Institutions and Procedures) in Mexico. The reforms simplify the paperwork required for Mexicans living abroad to exercise their right to vote and expand their voting rights to be able to elect representatives to the Mexican Senate as well as state officials. These reforms will benefit more than 12 million Mexican migrants.

Voices from the Field

María Teresa Rojas

Director of the International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations, United States

Mayte Ruiz

Former President of the Federación de Clubes Michoacanos in Illinois, United States

José Luis Gutierrez

Director for Transnational Affairs,
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), United States

Héctor Duarte

Visual Artist and Muralist based in the United States

Cynthia Loria

Fundación Avina in Guatemala

New forensic commission to identify missing migrants in Mexico

Given the hundreds of migrants that have gone missing in recent years in Mexico, the limited capacity of the agencies responsible for investigating cases, and the lack of an effective response for the families of missing migrants, several organizations have begun to document cases and demonstrate the extent of this human tragedy. 

Mothers of missing Central American migrants carry out a peaceful protest in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Photo courtesy of Tres Gatos.

Principal Allies in 2014

Avina Americas

Since 2011 Avina Americas has served as the fiscal steward of the co-investment funds for the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA), an alliance between Avina, the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations.