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Supporting Mexico’s Approach to Protecting Human Rights .

Democracy and Governance | Gender Equality and Social Inclusion | Human Rights | Civil Society, Civic Engagement, and Independent Media
Latin America and the Caribbean


Project Dates: October 2015 - January 2021
As the government of Mexico implements its National Human Rights Plan at the federal and state levels, it must address structural challenges to human rights and enhance its dialogue with civil society organizations.

The Mexican government’s National Human Rights Plan (NHRP) is the foundation of the country’s human rights policy agenda. The USAID-funded EnfoqueDH project supported the Mexican government’s efforts to address critical challenges to human rights. EnfoqueDH supported the creation of protections for victims of human rights violations and the prevention of such violations. One of the project’s primary goals was to facilitate the implementation of policies that prevent human rights violations into regulatory frameworks and legislation. Additionally, EnfoqueDH built the government’s capacity to engage in meaningful dialogue about human rights policies with civil society organizations and to improve its approach to meeting international human rights standards. EnfoqueDH advanced collaboration between vulnerable social groups and local stakeholders as well as federal and state government actors and civil society organizations to make a lasting contribution to the protection of human rights, the prevention of human rights violations, and inclusive human rights agendas in Mexico.


representatives from the government and civil society trained to prevent and address human rights violations


state and national institutions' capacity built to prevent human rights abuses and protect vulnerable populations


public policies created to facilitate the government's implementation of the General Laws on Torture and Forced Disappearances

Project Goals

  • Prevent human rights violations by supporting the development of an early alert system, along with key tools, guidelines, and protocols for government stakeholders
  • Protect victims by strengthening the national system of disappeared people, implementing a general victim’s law, and establishing a gender-based violence alert
  • Incorporate human rights-based approaches into policy initiatives at the federal and state levels, aiding the implementation of the NHRP
  • Evaluate human rights public policies and monitor the prevention of human rights, supporting the design and implementation of a national evaluation system
  • Strengthen the technical capabilities of public servants and civil society organizations to advance the search for truth, justice, and reparations