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11 Jun 2018 description

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a major corridor for migration further north into the United States

By Ellen Wulfhorst

MCALLEN, Texas, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fear of tighter border patrols and tough new laws is silencing victims of human trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a prime location for migrants to enter the United States, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation.

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Every year natural and man-made catastrophes cause a distressing loss of lives and considerable economic costs around the world. Both industrialised and developing countries are affected. Surprisingly, both are also materially underinsured.

This financing gap is borne largely by the public sector, and may create long-term fiscal instability at a time when government budgets are stretched. Furthermore rating agencies are starting to take a closer look at such contingent liabilities faced by public administrations.

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Mexico has been hit by no less than seven major catastrophes since 1985. In 2005 Hurricane Wilma caused total economic damages of over USD 22 billion ‒ more than USD 8 billion of which were uninsured. Small wonder that the federal government has been an innovator in disaster risk management.

FONDEN ´excess of loss´ reinsurance structure


Insured perils:
Declared natural disaster (eg flood, hurricane, earthquake)

28 Feb 2018 description

by Sophie Hares | @SophieHares | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mexico City, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five months after a large earthquake shook Mexico City, the capital is better prepared to deal with future tremors and is focused on tightening up building codes and improving its emergency response, said Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

Improving air quality in the city of over 21 million people and securing enough water to supply the population remain chronic problems, he said, as do cleaning up dirty industries and switching to greener energy supplies.

07 Feb 2018 description

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Expanding Mexico's early warning system and speeding up its alerts could save more lives when earthquakes strike, but making buildings quake-proof and preparing communities better are the best ways to protect people, scientists said on Tuesday.

Securing enough funds to maintain and run the infrastructure underpinning the SASMEX early warning system is also crucial, said the lead author of a study on its performance, after a chunk of the system was knocked out by a recent storm.

15 Nov 2017 description

Mexico and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have approved a grant of USD14 million to CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility). CCRIF provides parametric insurance coverage for government risk to Caribbean and Central American countries.  This form of insurance is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic natural events, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, by quickly providing short-term liquidity when a policy is triggered.

15 Sep 2017 description

*Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Mexico has been working to improve its early warning systems and disaster risk management for over three decades

There are few countries in the world resilient enough to respond to a hurricane and the strongest earthquake in a century, accompanied by a tsunami threat, all within hours of each other. Such was the challenge that confronted Mexico last week.

08 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Katia was located near latitude 21.0 North, longitude 96.5 West. Katia is moving toward the west-southwest near 7 mph (11 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday. The center of Katia will make landfall in Mexico late tonight or early Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Some intensification is possible prior to landfall, followed by rapid weakening.

08 Sep 2017 description

DC is closely monitoring the recent M8.1 earthquake reported to have occurred 87km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico at 04:49 UTC on 08 September (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tsunami Threat. Attached is a PDC Situational Awareness Product depicting estimated Tsunami Travel Times from the source to coastal locations. Please see below for additional information, as well as monitor DisasterAWARE for further updates.

27 Aug 2017 description

Until recently Guatemala was a transit country for migrants and refugees making the overland journey towards the United States

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Guatemala is emerging as an unlikely safe haven for refugees fleeing rampant gang violence in El Salvador and Honduras, a new destination for Central Americans who have traditionally beaten a path to the United States, according to the United Nations.

07 Jul 2017 description

Levels of PTSD among Central American migrants treated by MSF in Mexico are similar to those in "traditional conflict settings", with nearly 60 percent of women showing signs of depression

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Extreme violence in Central America is forcing aid agencies to use conflict-zone tactics to reach people most at risk in gang-plagued nations such as El Salvador and Honduras, where homicide levels are comparable to those in war, experts say.

12 Jun 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions joins the International Labor Organization and other organizations around the globe in honoring World Day Against Child Labor. Launched in 2002, the day focuses attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. On this day, the United Nations, governments, employers and workers organizations, and civil society as well as millions of people from around the globe highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

31 Jan 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Each year, Salesian volunteers from the Western Province of the United States organize a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico to help support the work of the local Salesian mission. At the end of 2016, Juan Carlos Montenegro, the delegate for Salesian volunteers, was joined by two Salesian novices, Quang Nguyen and Damien Ho, along with a group of young dedicated volunteers. The missionary group volunteered additional support to Salesian programs that provide services to homeless and orphaned youth as well as Haitian migrants.

31 Jan 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) In order to provide better support and services to Haitian migrants, Salesian missionaries in Tijuana, Mexico have opened a reception center at the San Juan Bosco Oratory. The new reception center can accommodate up to 200 people and offers food, sleeping accommodations, and bathrooms and showers. The program also provides workshops, recreational and sporting activities and religious services.