Mexico

Reopening the Case of the Mass Kidnapping in Mexico

October 3, 2019

Between the violent war on drugs and the murder rate in Mexico steadily increasing each year, citizens have experienced an inconcievable amount of devastation in recent years. In 2014, 43 college students were kidnapped and allegedly murdered while attending a protest in Iguala, Mexico. The parents of the young adults were never given credible answers as to what happened to their children, but now five years later the search for the truth has begun again.

Cocaine Legalization and Mexico’s War on Drugs

September 5, 2019

Over the past decade, Mexico has become infamous for its violent war on drugs. Since 2006 when President Felipe Calderon deployed over 6,500 Mexican soldiers to shut down drug traffickers throughout the country, the ensuing bloodshed has been devastating. Mexico has lost soldiers, civilians, and so many other precious lives in the process. In 2018, Mexico’s homicide rate reached a record high with over 33,000 homicides committed in one year.

Inmigración y la Crisis Humanitaria en la Frontera de los Estados Unidos con México

May 8, 2019

Uno de los temas más apremiantes hoy en las Américas es el tema del "muro fronterizo" y la enorme cantidad de inmigrantes que intentan buscar asilo. El debate sobre el muro fronterizo se ha prolongado durante años, comenzando cuando Trump se postuló para la presidencia en 2016. Ahora, hay una crisis gubernamentales y humanitarias. Los migrantes no pueden buscar asilo, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos se ha cerrado y ha surgido una nueva ola de nacionalismo en los Estados Unidos. Hay una crisis en la frontera, sin embargo es una crisis humanitaria.

The 'Security Trap' in Latin America: Using the State to Fight Violence with Violence

February 21, 2019

Latin America and the Caribbean is considered to be the most violent region in the world. Despite widespread gains in education, poverty reduction, and living standards, Latin American countries continue to have disproportionately high rates of violent crime. Some may find this puzzling, since many of these countries have particularly powerful military and police forces. This then raises the question: Why haven't new policing strategies in the region had any impact? Is Latin America in a 'Security Trap'?

‘Trial of the Century’ (Part I): Sinaloa Kingpin El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts

February 19, 2019

On Tuesday, February 12, after years of investigations and a 3-month long trial, famed Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was finally found guilty on all 10 charges of his indictment. After over a week of delegations, in what is likely a sigh of relief for authorities in the United States and Mexico the jury finally revealed its guilty verdict to the court in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday. It is highly likely that the drug leader will be in prison in the U.S. for the rest of his life.

Latin America lags behind in obstetric justice

January 30, 2019

Whenever reports of misogyny hit the front page, it is likely that readers first think of discrimination in the workplace or, in its form that yields the most tragic results, femicide.  Of course, Latin America is far from absent of femicide; Guatemala is the country with the third highest rate of femicide on the planet. Between 2014 and 2016, there were 2,264 violent deaths of women in the country, and of those, 611 cases were reported as femicide (Johnson 2018).

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