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Beyond 'Coyotes': Current Trends in the Facilitation of Irregular Migration in Latin America

For generations, the persona of the coyote, or smuggler, as facilitator of irregular migration has been a central figure in Latin American migrants’ accounts of their journeys ‘up north.’ While traditionally viewed as providing a necessary service, smugglers are increasingly depicted as violent and predatory men often operating in collusion with other illicit networks for the sole purpose of obtaining financial profits. This narrative, while compelling, often obscures the fact that migrants' reliance on coyotes is a response to multiple factors. 

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation.

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Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico

Los Zetas where once Mexico's most feared criminal organization dominating important smuggling routes from Central America into the United States. Their success was based in part on a business model that combined brute strength and predatory business practices. Join us for a discussion with the author of a new book, Los Zetas, Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico and a panel of experts on the nature of criminal enterprise and the challenges of controlling illicit economies. 

The War on Drugs: The Narco States of North America

Too many Americans are dying from trafficked illegal drugs, and too many Mexicans are dying from violence related to the criminal gangs that traffic drugs. That is the unfortunate summary of a shared problem: Mexican organized crime groups help feed U.S. demand for illegal drugs, and in turn, many billions of U.S. dollars feed the violence and corruption which the criminal groups spawn in Mexico.

Fighting Organized Crime Endangered by NAFTA Hardball

The United States and Mexico need to redouble their cooperation against organized crime in order to save lives in both countries, but hardline U.S. proposals now expected in the ongoing NAFTA renegotiation could put this vital security cooperation at risk. 

“U.S.-Mexico Cooperation against Organized Crime”: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne’s presentation to Asociación de Bancos de México – 19th International Seminar on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Finance on October 5, 2017 in Mexico City

Mexico and the United States face a very serious common threat from the organized crime groups which operate in both countries trafficking in drugs, arms, illicit funds, and people.  The two governments should redouble efforts to counter these threats to the well-being of citizens in both countries through addiction, violence and corruption.

What's Behind Rising Violence in Colima?: A Brief Look at 2016's Most Violent Mexican State

May 2017 was Mexico’s deadliest month on record.[1] 2,200 people were reportedly murdered nationwide that month, bringing the country’s death toll to nearly 10,000 since the beginning of the year. If the violence continues at this pace, 2017 will become Mexico’s most murderous year since the federal government began releasing homicide data in 1997, surpassing its previous annual homicide record of 23,000 murders in 2011.

Infographic | Freedom of Expression & Violence against Journalists in Mexico

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