Spotlight on the Borderlands:
Mapping Human Rights
The Spotlight initiative aims to create tools and resources to deepen the understanding of the border and animate social change.
Through digital mapping, storytelling, and participatory popular education methodologies, we aim to highlight the complex topographies and cartographies of human rights at the border.
The human rights map provides a visual narrative of the effects of militarization and deterrence on border communities and those migrating through the U.S.-Mexico border region. This map also displays a set of human rights indicators to facilitate monitoring, progress, and fulfilling governments’ obligations in protecting the rights of migrants, refugees, and communities along the borderlands.
Human Rights Indicators
The municipal index displays a set of human rights indicators that facilitate monitoring, progress, and fulfillment of local governments’ obligations in protecting the rights of migrants. This tool measures local policies according to international human rights principles. This tool uses concrete data on how migrants are included in the provision of services at the local level, including health, housing, education, vocational training, and essential public services such as water and sanitation.