This article is part of an ongoing research called “Violation of the Human Right to Health against People with
Mental or Psychosocial Disability in Situation of Risk” to obtain a Master in Law degree. It aims to expose
existing problems in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, regarding the abandonment by Mexican state health
authorities toward homeless people with mental or psychosocial disabilities, thus violating their human right
to access health services.
It is as regrettable as it is true that homeless people who suffer from mental disabilites are one of the most
unprotected groups in Mexico. Due to their characteristics, they are extremely vulnerable to their entire
environment and they lack the capacity to assert their fundamental human rights, which is why they are exposed
to a wide range of violations of these rights.
This problem must be addressed in observance of the human rights protected by the Political Constitution of
the United States of Mexico, international treaties of which it is a party, and by competent national legislations
in matter of mental health, in order to motivate Mexican authorities within the scope of their competences,
since they seem indifferent in the face of these problems.
Keywords: human rights, right to health, mental or psychosocial disability, street situation.
About the authors: Jonathan Saguchi Chávez, Conacyt Fellow in the MA in Legal Sciences program,at the
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Email: email@example.com
Alma Alejandra Soberano Serrano, research professor in the MA in Legal Sciences program, at the Universidad
Autónoma de Baja California. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: October 30, 2018; reviewed: December 9, 2018; accepted: March 18, 2019.