CREA (an institute for young people in Mexico City): its activities, membership, etc. Whether it is involved with helping the people of Chiapas [MEX39400.E]

According to the Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud (IMJ), CREA (Consejo Nacional de Recursos para la Atencion a la Juventud) was a federal government program created in 1977 and terminated in 1988 by presidential decree (2002). CREA was developed to address the growing needs of youth aged 12 to 29 in Mexico (ibid.). The three main objectives of CREA were to improve the quality of life for youth, to provide cultural resources for youth, and establish lines of communication between youth and the State (ibid.). At the height of its activities in 1987, CREA chapters were spread across municipal, regional and federal levels of government all across Mexico (ibid.).

An assistant professor of Latin American History corroborated this information, stating

"I came into contact with CREA during the 1980s...They published a very slick-looking, and fascinating (from a cultural political perspective) magazine called, Encuentro. But, in fact, the CREA was simply the latest incarnation in a long history of government institutions aimed at addressing youth, ie., coopting and channeling youth toward the official party" (11 Aug. 2002).

With the termination of CREA, subsequent efforts by the Mexican government to address youth concerns have seen the creation of CONADE (Comision Nacional del Deporte), Causa Joven in 1996, and more recently the IMJ in 1999 (IMJ 2002). The IMJ was initiated to define and orchestrate a national policy of youth in the development of Mexico (ibid.).

There is no mention of CREA being involved in helping the people of Chiapas among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster

Pennsylvania. 11 August 2002. Correspondence.

Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud (IMJ). 2002. [Accessed 12 August 2002] [Accessed 12 August 2002]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases.


Word News Connection.

Internet sites:

La Jornada [Mexico City]

El Universal [Mexico City]

Search engines:


Alta Vista.