Motherhood, Menstruation and Sexual Violence: Human Rights Violations at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The U.S. – Mexico Border has become ground zero for human rights violations against women. Lack of access to reproductive care and menstrual hygiene materials and vulnerability to sexual violence at the hands of detention staff, women who are migrating through the U.S. Mexico border are at particular risk for these violations and the U.S. needs to fulfill its obligation to protecting their human rights.

Women Lead Network, as part of the community of Human Rights Defenders, submitted a stakeholder report to the U.N. detailing these specific violations in anticipation of the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of the United States at the United Nations 36th Session of the Universal Periodic Review coming up in May of 2020. Please take a moment to review all the reports of Human Rights Defenders in the U.S. at Our report can be found at #17 or you can download the report below.