Sin Fronteras receives “MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions 2013”
- With this award Sin Fronteras will provide assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and migrant people in Mexico.
- We recognise the assistance labour for the international migrant people and the boost given to the national and regional agenda on Migration.
Mexico City, February 28, 2013.- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that Sin Fronteras has been awarded with the “MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions 2013”. Thanks to its distinguished assistance labour, advocacy and legal defense to asylum seekers, refugees and migrant people in Mexico as to give a lift to the national and regional agenda on migration from a development and human rights perspective.
The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions 2013 is an annual prize given by the MacArthur Foundation to 11 exceptional civil society organizations which contribute to a culture of peace and social justice through its work and service. These organizations address old problems or phenomena all over the world to new debates and models as well as they offer innovative and productive services.
Sin Fronteras focus on the promotion and defense of human rights for the asylum seekers, refugees, migrant people and their families in Mexico. At present, Sin Fronteras is the only organization in Mexico and the region that has a multidisciplinary model of assistance for the above mentioned people. On one hand it gives specialized and integral assistance through a group of actions such as the meeting of basics needs, psychological advice, advocacy, and legal defense to encourage the creation of enabling conditions for the effective exercise of the human rights. On the other hand it undertake actions of influence, training and awareness as it works with the media, political and social structures that help to build a culture of full respect to the human rights of the target population.
“Evolution and challenges of the regulatory framework of migration in Mexico: A historical perspective”
This document, “Evolution and challenges of the regulatory framework of migration in Mexico: A historical perspective”, is the result of a historical analysis of the regulatory framework of migration, initiated by Sin Fronteras. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the recently adopted migration law in the light of international human rights standards, in order to identify the areas of progress and what has yet to be improved. On this basis, a set of proposals is presented that contribute to the respect and guaranteeing of human rights for the migrant population in Mexico. The report is focused on three main themes: 1) A historical review of the legislation on migration, 2) Improvements and challenges of the new migration law and 3) Proposals that seek to overcome the shortcomings of the migration law.
Finally, as is acknowledged in this document, the framework requires an adequate implementation, which can be ensured through regulations and other administrative measures. Additionally, practices resulting from from either a lack of knowledge or the violation of human rights of migrants must be eradicated.
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The right to IDENTITY, foreigners and their Mexican children
Our publication “The right to IDENTITY, foreigners and their Mexican children” aims to demonstrate the problems generated by the lack of birth registration (sub-registry) in Mexico. This report welcomes national and international legislation with regard to the right to identity, highlighting the rights they provide to minor children of immigrants to have access to nationality, a name, a family and a legal identity, with the purpose of breaking down the administrative barrier of the Regulations of the Civil Registry. This is important because its requirements are still inflexible for the situation of migrants, leaving them defenseless.
Some of the reasons why birth registry of minors is not carried out are extreme poverty, the registry fees and, in specifically in the case of foreigners, the lack of knowledge of their rights, as they believe (and still is the case with certain public officials), it is not possible to register their children born in Mexico if their parents are undocumented in the country. This is, however, against all national and international provisions. Another reason to reject registration occurs when foreigners do not have an original birth certificate that is apostilled or legalized, and in case it was originally written in another language, translated to Spanish.
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