Rule of Law

Update on the State of Human Rights in Mexico with Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights

The Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to host Mr. Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) for a conversation on the current state of human rights in Mexico. Please note that the conversation will be in Spanish.

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.

PODCAST | Viridiana Rios on Income Inequality, Rule of Law, and the Mexican Elections

Time for Mexico to Take its Destiny into its Own Hands

At a recent event on North American energy at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., the inaugural speech was given by Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez. In a somber mood, Gutiérrez talked of the importance of continuing collaboration on energy policy but emphasized the risks of the failure of the NAFTA negotiations currently under way between the three North American governments.

Putin’s Political Machine Defeats Its Purpose

Recently, within the space of just two weeks, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin replaced eleven regional heads. Most of the new men (they are all men) are younger and better educated than their predecessors. Most of them did not gain firsthand experience running things during the Soviet era and are not of military or special services background. They are mid-level apparatchiks, managers, economists.

Building a New Police in Honduras

Building a New Police in Honduras: Challenges and Opportunities Faced by the Police Purge and Reform Commission


After nearly 15 months of work and 5,000 police suspended or removed from the force, the Special Commission to Purge and Reform the Honduran Police is nearing the end of its mandate.  Along the way, the Commission has faced serious challenges and made significant progress in ridding the force of corrupt leaders and officers.  Legislative reforms to reorganize and strengthen the police are in their infancy.

“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.

Mexico’s New Fiscalía: A Way Out of Corruption and Impunity

Faced with ongoing challenges of corruption and impunity, Mexico is undergoing an historic transformation of its criminal justice system for over a decade. One recent change is the proposed transition from a presidentially appointed Attorney General  to the creation of a more independent National Prosecutor’s Office, the Fiscalía General. If implemented well, the new National Prosecutor’s Office could reduce political influence over criminal investigations and reduce impunity —where approximately 98 percent of crimes go unpunished.