How US policy shapes organized crime in Mexico

A Talk by Michael Chamberlin, Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, Olivia Leon, Mónica Meltis, Gabriel Mondragón Toledo and Luis Daniel Vazquez
George Washington University, Data Cívica, Data Cívica, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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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.

Michael Chamberlin

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

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

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".

Mónica Meltis

Executive Director at Data Cívica

Gabriel Mondragón Toledo

Investigador en Universität Hamburg

Luis Daniel Vazquez

Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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