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Our relative is a United States citizen with three small children.  She took the kids by bus to their Mexican father's town somewhere within an hour (Mexico travel time) of the city of Veracruz. We do not know if she bothered to get the tourist FM card. She has been there since mid-August and has run out of money.  She probably does not have a work visa, and she is not married to the Mexican citizen.

There was a falling out with the young man's family.  The young woman and all three children do not have the money to return to the U.S., and our family is not able to send her enough for all of them to come back even as far as the U.S. border. The children's father has absolutely no resources.  We are not certain where she and the children sleep, and communication with her depends on the kindness of people who relay phone messages.

Do you have any suggestions about how she can get at least as far as the U.S. border?  Is there any help from the U.S. state department?

Dear Helen:

Thanks for writing. This is what the State Department has issued as a Travel Warning for

Veracruz: You should exercise caution when traveling in the state of Veracruz.  Over the last year, the state of Veracruz has seen an increase in violence among rival criminal organizations.  In response, in 2011 the Government of Mexico sent additional military and federal police to the state to assist State security forces in implementing ongoing operation “Veracruz Seguro” (Secure Veracruz) that focuses on combating organized crime.

I am no more part of the US Embassy in Mexico City.

More detailed information, HERE:

The situation you refer here seems to be a personal problem more than one the US Government ought to get involved with. If you feel this is an emergency that involves citizens of the US, welcome to make contact with your consular agent in Mexico City.

More, HERE:

Frankly speaking all these travel warnings seem completely out of place when you consider the following:

Mexicans are advised to exercise MAXIMUM CAUTION, monitor developments that might affect your safety in the United States because of Hate Crimes. The FBI reports that hate crimes against Latinos rose almost 40 percent between 2003 and 2006, and Hispanic activists say they are being targeted with threats and intimidation. This is just a recent incident: STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A rash of recent assaults on Mexican immigrants has heightened tensions in Port Richmond, already on edge following the savage beating of a 25-year-old baker earlier this (April 2010) month.

In addition, no matter what your nationality the US in under permanent risk of terrorism. Visitors could be caught up in attacks targeted at American, British, Canadian, Australian citizens, others. Terrorists may attack official or civilian targets. Crime rates are higher in the larger cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Many parts of the United States are subject to different natural hazards, including earthquakes, fires or wildfires, floods, extreme heat, hurricanes, landslides and debris flow (mudslides), thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes (Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Northwest), winter storms (freezing rain, heavy snow and blizzards) and extreme cold. Tourists are often targeted for petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and theft, particularly on public transport. It is recommended that before visiting your destination point, Google it and write NAME OF CITY TO BE VISITED, then "crime, areas to be avoided & gang activities" to determine your level of threat.  

Come Back Alive, a site dedicated to Dangerous Countries writes on quote:

"There are more than 200 million guns in the possession of Americans. Most violent acts in the States are the result of robberies, domestic disputes and drug-related violence. Terrorist acts, ranging from the killing of abortionist doctors to the bombing of the World Trade Center, are highly publicized but not considered a real threat to travelers. The threat of robbery or violent crime in inner cities and some tourist areas is real and should be taken seriously. Travel in America is considered safe (by .. Americans), and danger is confined to random violence and inner cities. Those seeking adventure can find it in a New Orleans bar at five in the morning or strolling through South Central L.A. after midnight." ..   

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If you have any questions do not hesitate in writing again.

Best of luck!

Mario Gonzalez-Roman
Culture of Safe Travel, Crime & Loss Prevention  


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