Mexico Pro Bono Directory

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As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

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Fundación Barra Mexicana

Varsovia No. 1 col. Juárez, 06500 Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México A una calle del Ángel de la Independencia
Tel: (55) 5514 0475 , (55) 5525 4459

La Barra Mexicana, the Bar Association (BMA) as part of civil society and sensitive to the social problems that Mexico was experiencing, constituted in October 2000 a Foundation aimed at providing free guidance and legal support to the most vulnerable sectors of Mexican society.

Centro Mexicano Pro Bono, A.C.

Ciudad de México
Tel: +52 (55) 5596 2541

Nonprofit association dedicated to bringing lawyers who wish to contribute pro bono work to vulnerable population groups and civil organization who require legal counsel or guidance.

Fundación Appleseed Mexico

Enrique Rébsamen No. 415 Int. 11, Col. Narvarte Poniente, Del. Benito Juárez, C.P. 03020, Ciudad de México.
Tel: (55) 7583 9623

Appleseed Mexico is a civil association, non-profit or political or religious affiliation, that strengthens civil society organizations, through free legal advice and legal research on issues of social relevance, as well as providing legal responses to emergency situations, with the ultimate aim of improving care for vulnerable groups.

Asylum Access Mexico (AAMX)

Av. Insurgentes Sur 1150, 1er Piso (Oficinas 3 y 4), Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, Benito Juárez. C.P. 03200, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Media Inquiries:

AAMX was founded in July 2015 to improve due process and access to justice for refugees seeking asylum in Mexico. Through the use of legal services, community legal empowerment, and policy advocacy, AAMX empowers refugees and asylum seekers to demand their own rights. AAMX works to improve refugee integration through the Hospitality Route initiative, creating communities across the country where refugees can access safety and rights instead of facing arrest, detention, and deportation.

To improve access to asylum for thousands of refugees, Asylum Access Mexico operates in seven different locations in the country: Acayucan, Veracruz; Mexico City; Monterrey, Nuevo León; Palenque, Chiapas; Tijuana, Baja California; Tenosique, Tabasco; and Villahermosa, Tabasco.

Near the Guatemalan border, AAMX offers free legal services, representing clients from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Ghana, among other nationalities. The AAMX team supports them to navigate the refugee status determination process and to access their rights.


Casa del Migrante Nazareth


Casa del Migrante en Tapachula – Albergue Belén, Avenida Hidalgo s/n, Colonia San Antonio Cahoacán, Apartado 87. Tapachula, Chis. C.P. 27900
Tel: +52 ( 962) 62 54 812
Fax: +52 (962) 62 67 770


Casa del Migrante en Tijuana, A.C. Calle Galileo 239 Col. Postal, Tijuana, B.C. 22350
Tel: +52 (66) 43 82 76 85or +52 (66) 46 82 51 80


Calle Francisco I. Madero, # 350 Colonia Victoria, C.P. 38030, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
Tel: +52 (867) 71 45 611

Opening Hours Migrant Reception: Monday-Sunday 16:00-21:30
Opening Hours Office: Monday-Saturday 09:30-13:00

Casa del Migrante welcomes people that come from the south of Mexico and Central America, or anybody that is going up to the US. They welcome Mexican deportees or repatriates that come from the US. Though they do not work directly with refugees they also have welcomed refugees in the past.

En la Casa del Migrante le damos acogida a personas que vienen desde el sur de México y América Central, o a las personas que están viajando hacia Estados Unidos. También le damos acogida a mexicanos deportados o repatriados que vienen desde Estados Unidos. Si bien no trabajamos con refugiados directamente hemos recibido con asistencia humanitaria a refugiados en el pasado.

Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH)

Tehuantepec #142, Col. Roma Sur, Del. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06760, México, D.F.
Tel: +52(55) 5564 2582

The CMDPDH is a civil society organization that comprehensively accompanies victims of serious human rights violations and contributes to the eradication of the causes that produce them, through the design and execution of legal, psychosocial, research, advocacy and dissemination strategies, to build a just and egalitarian society.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova A. C.
4a. Avenida Sur No. 6, Col. Centro entre Central y 2a Calle Poniente CP 30700, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
Tel: +52 (962) 642 5098
Fax: +52 (962) 118 3072
Email: or

Fray Matías de Córdoba (CDH Fray Matías) Center for Human Rights is a non-profit civil organisation, independent of any government or political ideology or religious creed, founded in 1994. The organization aims to promote, disseminate and defend the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees through actions such as strategic litigation, political and social advocacy, and capacitation in migration issues. In this sense, the organization works to establish legal precedents capable of generating changes in the public policies and the legislation. The CDH Fray Matías provides free advice, support and legal monitoring for cases of human rights violations against migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) México (National Commission of Human Rights)
Periférico Sur 3469, Col. San Jerónimo Lídice, Delegación Magdalena Contreras, C.P. 10200, México D.F
Tel: +52 (55) 56 81 81 25 or +52 (55) 54 90 74 00
Toll-free Tel: 01 80 07 15 20 00

The National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) has its origin in article 102(B) of the Mexican Constitution. CNDH’s main objective is the protection, promotion, study and diffusion of human rights. The activities of CNDH consist mainly of the following:

  • The reception of complaints of presumed violations to human rights
  • The preparation of public, non-binding recommendations and complaints against governmental authorities
  • The promotion of compliance with human rights law in Mexico
  • The preparation of programs with governmental entities in order to promote the compliance of international human rights treaties and conventions
  • To propose to the President the subscription of international human rights treaties and conventions
  • The preparation and execution of preventive human rights programs

A department deals specifically with giving help and legal advice to migrants (quinta visitaduría): the Dirección General Adjunta de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de los Migrantes. The contact details above are for this department, whilst more general information about the Human Rights National Commission can be found on their website.

Español: La Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH), tiene su fundamento en el apartado B del artículo 102 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. El objetivo esencial de este organismo es la protección, observación, promoción, estudio y divulgación de los Derechos Humanos previstos por el orden jurídico mexicano. Lo anterior mediante:

  • La recepción de quejas de presuntas violaciones a Derechos Humanos.
  • La formulación de recomendaciones públicas autónomas, no vinculatorias y denuncias y quejas ante las autoridades respectivas.
  • El impulso de la observancia de los Derechos Humanos en el país.
  • La formulación de programas y acciones en coordinación con las dependencias competentes para impulsar el cumplimiento de tratados, convenciones y acuerdos internacionales signados y ratificados por México en materia de Derechos Humanos.
  • Proponer al Ejecutivo Federal la suscripción de convenios o acuerdos internacionales en materia de Derechos Humanos.
  • Elaborar y ejecutar programas preventivos en materia de Derechos Humanos.

Un departamento se ocupa específicamente de dar ayuda y asesoramiento jurídico a las quinta visitaduría: el Dirección General Adjunta de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de los Migrantes. Los detalles del contacto antedichos están para este departamento, mientras que la información de carácter general sobre la Comisión nacional de los derechos humanos se puede encontrar en su página web.

Centro Prodh


Since its foundation by the Jesuits in 1988, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Center Prodh) has worked to defend, promote and increase respect for human rights in Mexico. Center Prodh’s mission is to promote and defend the human rights of victims, especially those in situations of vulnerability and poverty, and to build a more just, equitable, and democratic society that fully respects human dignity.

Centro PRODH is useful as a resource point for contact regarding human rights conditions in Mexico. They provide a gateway into information about human rights in Mexico and relevant signposting to other links that might be necessary upon inquiry. They produce general reports on Mexico and human rights.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS)

200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 581-8836
Fax: (415) 581-8824

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) has resources for women seeking asylum on account of domestic violence, including country conditions information on DV in Honduras and an expert declaration on DV in Honduras. If you would like to receive a copy of this information, please fill out a request for information on our website and we will respond shortly.

We provide all resources at no cost.

We have information packets for over 100 countries and with 4-6 weeks’ notice are happy to produce new packets for specific cases concerning gender, LGBT, or children’s issues. In addition to those packets, we have general expert declarations regarding DV in Mexico, violence against indigenous women in Mexico, DV in Guatemala, DV in Honduras, DV in El Salvador, violence against women generally in El Salvador, one on FGC generally, and one on incest.

We have country conditions information and advisory materials for a number of other countries and topics, especially information regarding gender-based violence, persecution of LGBT individuals, and children.

We cover anywhere and everywhere, although our resources regarding DV and violence against women in Mexico and Central America are the most extensive.
If you have a case for which you are in need of assistance, please feel free to submit a request at the above URL and we will share with you anything that may be of help.

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Carlos Dolci no. 96, Colonia Alfonso XIII, Delegación Álvaro Obregón, C.P. 01460 Mexico
Tel.: (52 55) 55 14 15 21, 55 14 15 19  ext. 118, 100
Fax: +52 55 14 15 24 ext. 103
Contact person: Rosalba Soto Palma (General Director Assistant)

Without Borders’s basis is the conviction that migration is a complex and old phenomenon which has to be dealt by integrated and multidisciplinary policies, and the civil society has its role on the process by offering services and participating actively during the creation of adequate migration and refugee policies and programmes. We provide access to ProBono Legal Aid.

Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion (IMUMI)

Tel: (52 55) 5211.4153 and 5658.7384
Tel Legal Clinic: (52 55) 9154.8990 and 9131.7512
Tel USA: (208) 753.7041

The Institute for Women in Migration, AC (IMUMI) is a civil society organization that promotes the rights of women in migration within the Mexican context, whether they live in communities of origin, are in transit or reside in Mexico or the United States.

Voces Mesoamericanas Acción con Pueblos Migrantes

Francisco Villa #10, Barrio de Fatima, 29264 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México.
Tel: +52 967 6747811 , 01 800 837 86 89

It is dedicated to defending the rights of transnational indigenous communities.

La 72 Hogar-Refugio Para Personas Migrantes

Estacion Nueva, 86901 Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico
Tel: +52 934 342 1111

Migrant shelter 

Coalición Indígena de Migrantes de Chiapas (“CIMICH”)

Pantaleón Domínguez 35, Barrio de Santa Lucia, C.P. 29250 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México.
Tel: +52 1 967 185 5888 

Is a grassroots Maya organization that raises awareness on issues of migration, promoting small-scale development, advancing human rights, and proposing alternatives to migration.

Centro de Orientación del Migrante de Oaxaca (COMI)

Callejón de Guadalupe Victoria s/n Centro Oaxaca. C.P 68000 Oaxaca México
Tel: (951)516 9004 , 044 (951)310 0375

COMI is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the situation of Central American migrants, within the Mexican context, by offering support in solidarity with each person, in their passage through Oaxaca, Mexico.

Centro de Acompañamiento a Migrantes (CAMINOS)

Aquiles Serdan 101, Yalalag, 68050 Oaxaca, México
Tel: 951 572 6706

civil society organization, committed to guiding and supporting migrants and their families. We work on the accompaniment, search, orientation, as well as the analysis and research of the migratory phenomenon.