Accuse private police of murdering migrants


rubber rafts between

Rubber rafts take people across the Suchiate River between Tecún Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

** They maintain that those responsible belong to the Cusaem and Sepromex corporations

** The first one has million dollar contracts with federal government agencies and with the state of Mexico

By: José Antonio Román

Human rights defense organizations denounced the existence of private police corporations, with federal government contracts, which have committed grave human rights violations against migrants that travel through national territory towards the United States.

In a press conference headed by Leticia Gutiérrez, a religious woman of the Scalabrini order, who has developed widely recognized work in favor of migrants, it was reported that they already presented to the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) a series of denunciations for eight homicides that can be attributed to members of the Auxiliary and Urbana Security Corps of the State of Mexico (Cusaem).

They pointed out that this private police corporation has million dollar contracts with different federal government agencies and with the state of Mexico.

For example, they said that since last July in the state of Querétaro the presence that corporation’s agents has been noticed along the railroad tracks from the state of Mexico to the city of Celaya, Guanajuato.

“That extra-police group has committed armed attacks, harassment, threats and aggressions against migrants. They also directly threaten collaborators at the dining room of the González and Martínez Migrant Stay,” they denounced.

After quoting testimonies of the migrants they attend to in their shelters, the human rights defenders denounced that that police corporation –whose members dress in black and carry high-powered firearms, permitted exclusively to the Army– has committed grave violations against migrants, like torture and illegal deprivation of freedom, and on many occasions there is complicity with federal and state police authorities.

Besides Cusaem, another corporation exists named Special Protection Services in Mexico (Sepromex, its Spanish acronym), which also has a list of human rights violations against migrants; it operates principally in the states in the center of the country and in the Bajío.

The denunciations were presented by Ramón Verdugo, from the organization Everything for Them; Leticia Gutiérrez, from Mission with Migrants and Refugees; Heyman Vázquez Morales, from the Home of the Migrant in Huixtla, Chiapas, and Martín Martínez, González and Martínez Migrant’s Stay, besides the priest Alejandro Solalinde, of Brothers on the Road.

The activists demand that the federal government modify the policy of violence evidenced in the Southern Border Plan and that it revise the concessions granted to private security companies, so that the harassment against migrants and against those who defend their rights.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee


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