Since 1937, AFSC has partnered with organizations in Mexico to address issues related to the protection of human rights.
In 2013, AFSC-LAC conducted an on-site evaluation of the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planning process to establish a border program. Building on AFSC’s earlier efforts in the region, the study looked at health, the rights of agricultural and maquila workers, and immigrant rights. The evaluation made it clear that advocating for the protection of immigrants' human rights had to be a core regional strategy.
The Regional strategy includes creating networks that can directly influence community development through negotiation, mediation, and conflict transformation. Specifically, the Mexican Program is designed to facilitate exchanges and dialogues between different groups in civil society, authorities and international organisms, aimed to develop initiatives and proposals that address cross border work within Mesoamerican and the Caribbean region
In coordination with different actors will help to change dominant narratives about border security, militarization and its relationship to national security. Together will create spaces for new policies that address issues of common interest, such as: immigrant’s human rights protection and people in need of international protection, visualization of the forced displacement, assistance to deportees, public safety, youth, climate change, and the needs of Indigenous peoples.