On January 4, 2012, CMS sponsored a two-hour discussion on the issue of birth registration in Mexico. According to government estimates, as many as 7 million Mexicans lack birth certificates. In legal terms, they do not exist and their right to an official identity, a recognized name and a nationality is compromised. Without proof of citizenship, they lack legal protection, cannot vote, and lack access to education, health care, and a range of other rights and benefits. In addition, identification is fundamental to the immigration process in the United States and in other countries. Karen Mercado, Executive Director of Be Fondation: Derecho a La Identidad, outlined the issue and discuss her agency’s advocacy in support of universal birth registration in Mexico.
Center for Migration Studies
Be Foundation: Derecho a La Identidad
Consul of Mexico
Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies
Lehman College/City University of New York
New York Immigration Coalition