Thousands of people from all over the world make a treacherous journey each year through Mexico towards the United States fleeing extreme violence, political instability, and the economic impacts of weather events. The stories many of these people share with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are heartbreaking: families jumping into raging rivers at risk of being swept away, parents afraid they may be separated from their children at every stage of the journey, people who could be threatened, kidnapped, or killed in the country of their birth.
MSF works at many points along this busy and dangerous migration route to help ensure people receive emergency medical and mental health care.
Reaching people where they are
In Mexico City, MSF runs the Comprehensive Care Center (CAI), which offers special assistance to people who have experienced extreme violence or torture on their journeys. Since 2018, the CAI has helped hundreds of people connect with badly needed resources and heal from deep trauma.