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Sarahi Reyes, 30, smiles at her daughters, Evelin Moncarda-Reyes, 13, and Mia Cartagena-Reyes, 3, from a kitchen near Albergue Belén in Tapachula, Mexico, on March 9, 2022. Reyes likes to help out in the kitchen where she, other migrants and shelter employees cook for the people staying at the shelter. The Honduran family of five are waiting for their next appointment with COMAR to continue with the asylum process.

For tens of thousands of migrants from all over the globe who’ve passed through Tapachula, it’s supposed to be a temporary stop - they never thought they’d have to find shelter for weeks or even months in a city that never expected to house them. Read more»

Hundreds of migrants eager to leave Tapachula, Mexico, gather outside the refugee office COMAR on March 10, 2022.

In Tapachula - the site of one of the largest humanitarian crises in the Western Hemisphere - about a third of migrants stranded while waiting for permission to stay and work in Mexico or continue to the U.S. or Canada, are younger than 18. Read more»

Johnny, right, and his son hold on to Simba as the pup frantically licks at their faces during their reunion at the El Paso International Airport.

A family seeking political asylum in the United States was reunited with Simba, the dog they brought on their four-month journey from Venezuela - much of it on foot - after being separated in El Paso. Read more»

Thousands of migrants from Haiti and Africa are stuck in Tapachula, Mexico, waiting to receive the legal documents needed to travel to other parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Many of the hundreds of Black migrants from Africa and Haiti who wait in Tapachula say immigration officials, and the Mexican government in general, have failed to live up to the promise of human rights for all people without regard to their country of origin. Read more»

A young girl waits outside the National Institute of Migration office in Tapachula, Mexico, in March 2022. Empty water bottles litter the ground around her as temperatures rise in southern Mexico.

Despite the horrors of the journey to Tapachula - the first stop in Mexico for migrants desperate to leave behind the violence and economic turmoil of their home countries - many face additional months and perhaps years impoverished and trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare. Read more»

Migrants are loaded onto an ambulance in Tapachula, Mexico, on March 9, 2022, to be taken to clinics for medical care. This ambulance is one of many that UNHCR has donated to the Ministry of Health in Mexico.

Directories list more than a dozen hospitals in Tapachula, but medical treatment can depend on interpretation of law and changing policy by hospital staff, leaving a situation that is confusing for migrants seeking care. Read more»