Olivia Leon Michael Chamberlin Luis Daniel Vazquez Gema Kloppe-Santamaría Mónica Meltis Gabriel Mondragón Toledo

How US policy shapes organized crime in Mexico

A Talk by Luis Daniel Vazquez , Gema Kloppe-Santamaría , Gabriel Mondragón Toledo , Michael Chamberlin , Olivia Leon and Mónica Meltis

About this Talk

Since 2008, the US has provided the government of Mexico with equipment and training through a partnership called the Merida Initiative aimed at curbing drug violence and cartels. Today, organized criminals control nearly 35% of Mexican territory and the security situation is worse than ever. In this panel, researchers and experts will explain the failure of current policies, their impact on vulnerable populations, and ways to sustainably combat organized crime fueling violence at the border and throughout central America.

13 October 2022, 10:00 PM

10:00 PM - 11:15 PM

About The Speakers

Luis Daniel Vazquez

Luis Daniel Vazquez

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)


Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

Assistant Professor of Latin American History, George Washington University

Sociologist and historian specializing on violence, gender, and crime in Latin America. Assistant Professor at George Washington University, Global Fellow at The Wilson Center, Author of "In the Vortex of Violence".


Gabriel Mondragón Toledo

Gabriel Mondragón Toledo

Investigador en Universität Hamburg


Michael Chamberlin

Michael Chamberlin

President at Consultora Solidaria SC | Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Center for International Policy (CIP)


Olivia Leon

Olivia Leon

Data Cívica


Mónica Meltis

Mónica Meltis

Data Cívica

Executive Director at Data Cívica