Ambassador Wayne and embassy staff met January 28 with Mario Luis Fuentes, the director of the Center for Research on Social Development and Assistance (CEIDAS), and one of his colleagues to better understand Mexico’s 2012 General Law against Trafficking in Persons and the reasons behind the debate to amend it. “Since the General Law’s passage in the summer of 2012, we have heard many different opinions in regards to the laws effectiveness. We are grateful to have the opportunity to meet with a respected academic like Professor Fuentes who is not only exceptionally well informed on trafficking in persons, but also cares deeply about affecting positive change,” said Ambassador Wayne.
CEIDAS conducts research, publishes information, and conducts training on trafficking in persons, human rights, and poverty. In addition to his role at CEIDAS, Fuentes is also President of the UNICEF Board of Advisors, participates in a weekly radio show as a regular commentator, is the president of the editorial board of Mexico Social magazine, writes a weekly column for Excelsior newspaper, and is a professor and board member at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).