HIAS in Mexico

Founded: 2019
Staff size: 41
Office Locations: Juarez, Monterrey, Tijuana, Mexicali, Matamoros.


A surge in arrivals and changes in U.S. policy in 2019 have brought many thousands of asylum seekers to Mexico. In addition to people on waiting lists waiting to present their claims for asylum, the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (also referred to as “Remain in Mexico”) sends some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico during the U.S. court process. As of September, nearly 58,000 asylum seekers are stranded in Mexico.



HIAS assists asylum seekers from many countries, including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Haiti, among others, to obtain legal protection, either by pursuing their claims for asylum in the U.S. or by applying for protection in Mexico. The majority of clients are families, including children.



HIAS conducts daily “Know Your Rights” presentations and individual screenings with the assistance of volunteers at various locations to help asylum seekers navigate the difficult U.S. processes. The office will assess particular cases for referral to our partners on the U.S. side of the border for representation. Our attorneys also represent people who are seeking protection in Mexico in their proceedings.

HIAS’s services are free. If someone tries to charge you for services claiming they represent HIAS, please report it at our confidential email address: ethics@hias.org. HIAS has a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. 

For any other inquiries please email us at info@hias.org.