Organized Crime

Transparency and the Rule of Law Series

Perhaps the greatest challenge Mexico is facing is building a genuine Rule of Law. The situation is currently characterized by a low level of trust in the authorities, a judicial system in transition to oral trials, and asymmetric institutional development between different levels of governments. In this context, the country has important historical challenges, such as improving processes that lead to effective protection of human rights, fighting corruption, and strengthening a system of transparency and accountability.

Urban Violence: Building Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

Join us for a panel discussion on policy options for building safe and inclusive cities in Latin America based on recent field research conducted in several major urban areas in the region.

Welcoming Remarks:

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Introduction:

Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Panelists:

Políticas anticrimen deficientes

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NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RESPONSES TO ORGANIZED CRIME

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NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RESPONSES TO ORGANIZED CRIME
Report on the Side Event to the 56th Regular Session of CICAD
Event Date: November 18, 2014

NUEVOS ENFOQUES PARA LA APLICACIÓN DE LAS LEYES DE DROGAS Y RESPUESTAS A LA DELINCUENCIA ORGANIZADA
Relatoría del Evento-Paralelo del 56 Periodo de Sesiones Ordinarias de la CICAD
Fecha de evento: 18 noviember 2014

Reflections on Mexico's Southern Border

In early March, 2015, a small group of researchers from the Washington-based Wilson Center and from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas traveled to the southwestern section of the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe developments in migration, various types of illicit trafficking, trade, and border management. While there, we met with a wide range of government and non-governmental actors. We crossed the border and visited the official and irregular installations at Ciudad Hidalgo-Tecún Umán and Talisman-El Carmen.

'Securing the Border: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Central American Migration to the United States': Eric Olson Testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, joins a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on examining and addressing the root causes behind Central American migration to the United States.

U.S.-Mexico Relations, Security and Human Rights

Mexico has experienced an intense security crisis, organized crime wave and an explosion in violent crime. In the past, scholars, analysts, and media commentators have overlooked the central role of U.S. policy towards Mexico, instead framing the discussion in terms of a battle over territory and political control between drug trafficking organizations and the state.

La política de la provocación en México

En septiembre del año pasado 43 estudiantes de un colegio de maestros, presuntamente fueron desaparecidos en la ciudad de Iguala en el estado de Guerrero en México, a manos de un alcalde y una fuerza policial corrupta en connivencia con una organización local de narcotraficantes. Además de los estudiantes desaparecidos, otras seis personas murieron y 25 resultaron heridas en enfrentamientos con la policía y otros grupos armados. A la fecha el paradero de los estudiantes es desconocido.

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