Merida Initiative Supports First CALEA Accreditation Conference in Mexico

Mexico City, November 7, 2018 – Today the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) inaugurated its first accreditation meeting in Mexico with the support of the Merida Initiative.  The U.S. Embassy, through the Police Foundation, supports the accreditation of Mexican law enforcement agencies by CALEA. There are currently 26 state law enforcement agencies, ...
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National Conference on Internal Affairs – a key step towards the certification of investigators

Mexico City, September 27th, 2018 – The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, John S. Creamer, inaugurated today the first National Conference on Internal Affairs. Internal Affairs units investigate possible violations to the disciplinary regime of the police forces. The conference will help standardize processes, share experiences, and exchange best practices in support ...
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Remarks by John P. Cronan at The Second Annual Forensic Science Sympsium

PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN P. CRONAN OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S CRIMINAL DIVISION DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE SECOND ANNUAL FORENSIC SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning.  It truly is an honor to join you today to open the Second Annual International Forensic Science Symposium. Everyone here knows the significance of this ...
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Merida Initiative Support Leads to Certification of Police Officers in Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, August 17, 2018 – Yesterday, a group of more than 200 police officers successfully completed the certification process for the Certificado Unico Policial (CUP) certification program.  These officers are among the first in Mexico to receive the certification, although the government plans to eventually require it of every member of a police force in ...
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Events for Mexico’s justice sector advances consolidation of the accusatory criminal justice system

Weeklong program of events for Mexico’s justice sector advances consolidation of the accusatory criminal justice system Mexico City, March 9, 2018 — Today is the culmination of a weeklong program of events organized under the Merida Initiative, including conferences, interdisciplinary exchanges, and fora for U.S. and Mexican criminal justice sector actors.  Throughout the week U.S. federal judges ...
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United States, Mexico and Canada Join Forces in Fentanyl Detection

Mexico City, February 13, 2018 – Last week, in an example ofNorth American security collaboration against the threat of fentanyl, the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada joined together to provide fentanyl detection training to Mexican Tax and Customs Agency (SAT) and Federal Police officials along with their canine law enforcement partners. The ...
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Merida Initiative support helps 13 Mexican Penitentiaries Achieve or Maintain International Accreditation

Orlando, Florida, 8 January, 2018 — At their 2018 Winter Conference, the American Correctional Association (ACA) formally accredited 11 Mexican penitentiary institutions, including the central offices of the Guanajuato State Prisons Commission, and re-accredited another two facilities.  With this announcement, the number of internationally accredited Mexican penitentiary institutions totals 81, making Mexico the leader outside ...
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Merida Initiative supports GOM Therapeutic Justice Program

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Friday, December 8, 2017 – Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico shared plans to support the expansion of therapeutic justice throughout Mexico under the Merida Initiative.  The proposals were aired during this week’s CIJ Congress on Addictions which is taking place simultaneously with the ISSUP Conference in Quintana Roo, Cancun.  The announcement comes ...
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Global Engagement in Mexico To Make Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention More Effective

This week, over 2,500 global experts are gathering in Mexico to discuss cutting edge techniques to reduce demand for illegal drugs and improve treatment. Doctors, scientists, academics, policymakers, drug treatment practitioners, and officials from over 65 countries – in addition to the United Nations, Organization of American States, World Health Organization, and other international organizations ...
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Detection Dogs Donated Under the Merida Initiative to Bolster Mexican Security Forces

Mexico City, September 12, 2017 –  The United States Government, through the Mérida Initiative, delivered 25 detection canines to Mexican law enforcement agencies in nine Mexican states between August 30-September 1, 2017.  Under the Mérida Initiative, the U.S. government sponsored training in the United States for the canines and their handlers in the detection of weapons, narcotics, ...
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ANUIES and USAID to professionalize criminal justice system personnel

Mexico City, August 28, 2017—The Mexican Association of Universities and Higher Learning Institutions (ANUIES) and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico through its Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the program Harnessing the Will to Professionalize and Certify Criminal Justice System Operators and Communicators, in an effort to strengthen law enforcement in Mexico.
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Fifteen Mexican Penitentiaries recognized for Internationally-Compliant Operations

Fifteen Mexican Penitentiaries recognized for Internationally-Compliant Operations at Corrections Conference   St Louis, Missouri, 20 August, 2017 — The American Correctional Association (ACA) formally accredited today 12 Mexican penitentiary institutions, including the central offices of the Federal Prisons Commission, for the first time, and re-accredited another three.  Since 2009, the ACA has accredited 70 Mexican ...
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First National Forensic Sciences Symposium

First National Forensic Sciences Symposium promotes greater collaboration between justice sector actors in support of Mexico’s accusatory criminal justice system   Mexico City, August 7, 2017 – The first National Forensic Sciences Symposium in Mexico opened today.  Nearly 200 forensic laboratory directors, quality assurance managers and technical leaders, as well as several State Attorney Generals, from Mexico’s ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jacobson at the Launching of the Blue Heart Campaign 2.0 “#AQUÍ ESTOY”

Remarks by Ambassador Jacobson at the Launching of the Blue Heart Campaign 2.0 “#AQUÍ ESTOY” Against Trafficking in Persons   Good Afternoon. Secretary Osorio Chong, Mr. Brandolino, President of CONAGO, Miguel Ángel Mancera, Distinguished members of the presidium, Welcome to all and thank you for the invitation and your presence here today. As we commemorate ...
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Yucatan Strengthens Coordination between Public Safety Officers and Judiciary

Mérida, Yucatan, July 28, 2017 – Today, the Yucatan State Attorney General formally recognized a group of 60 forensic scientists and police officers who completed a training course in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), a collaborative effort by the governments of the United States of America and Mexico under the Mérida Initiative.  Yucatán is the first state in ...
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Forensic Laboratories in Puebla Receive International Accreditation with Merida Initiative Support

Puebla, July 7, 2017 – A ceremony today commemorated the international accreditation of the forensic laboratories of the Puebla Attorney General’s office, granted by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The laboratories accredited were: Genetics, Ballistics, Chemistry, Questioned Documents and CSI. Puebla is the first state in Mexico to achieve ANAB accreditation of its forensic ...
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New criminal justice system, human rights and citizenship in Chihuahua

Call for proposals. New criminal justice system, human rights and citizenship in Chihuahua Closing Date and Time for Submission of Applications:  July 21, 2017, 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) invite all eligible ...
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Mexican Law Students Prove their Oral Advocacy Skills at Championship Showcase

Mexico City, June 26, 2017 – Talented law students from two universities in Mexico compete this week in the Championship of Champions mock trial showdown at American University in Washington, D.C.  Under the Mérida Initiative, the Department of State funds programs to develop oral advocacy skills amongst university professors and students through workshops and mock ...
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Journalists Gather in Monterrey to Promote Security and Press Freedom

Monterrey, Mexico- With nearly one hundred journalists from six Mexican states, the Network of Journalists of Northeast Mexico and the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey hosted the second meeting of journalists held June 23-25, 2017 in Monterrey. The three-day interactive workshop included professional trainings and was sponsored by the Merida Initiative office of the U.S. ...
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Ambassador Jacobson’s Remarks at the National Penitentiary Conferenc

Good morning everyone. I am very sorry I cannot be physically present with you today, but I know you are in very good company: Mr. Renato Sales, and Jose Alberto Rodriguez Calderon, the hosts of this conference. Events like these that bring together different actors of the penitentiary system with others of similar interests are ...
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First National Police Academies Conference held in Mexico City

Under the Merida Initiative, the United States Embassy together with the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública and the Secretaria de Gobernacion hosted the first National Meeting of Public Security Academies and Police Training Institutes.  Directors from federal, regional and state police academies joined regional experts to discuss themes related to police professionalization, ...
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U.S. and Mexico join forces to ensure correct identification and secure handling of Fentanyl

Mexico City, May 16, 2017 – The first National Fentanyl Conference for Forensic Chemists opened today in Mexico City.  With it comes the recognition of the potential dangers of fentanyl, not only for users but also those responsible for detecting and managing the drug, as well as the need for continued collaboration between countries affected ...
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Merida Initiative Supports Mexican Government in Fight against Clandestine Narcotics Laboratories

Mexico City, March 10, 2017 – Today, the U.S. government donated to Government of Mexico security forces nearly $900,000 USD of specialized personal protective equipment including coveralls, gloves and masks that will help to safely dismantle and destroy clandestine narcotics labs. The equipment will be distributed to security forces along the Pacific coast, where the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Applauds Certification of Criminal Information Analysts as Justice Sector Actors

Mexico City, December 22, 2016 – On December 20, 2016, President Enrique Peña Nieto approved an amendment to the Professionalization Program (Programa Rector de Profesionalización) of the National Public Safety Secretariat (SESNSP by its Spanish acronym). Under the amendment, criminal information analysts will be recognized by the courts as expert witnesses and will assist in ...
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Crime Scene Investigation Training under the Merida Initiative

Under the Merida Initiative, the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey and the Attorney General of the State of Nuevo Leon (PGJ) conducted the closing ceremony on December 9, 2016 for an analysis and processing of the crime scene training for over 190 Mexican investigation experts within the Attorney General’s Institute of Criminology and Forensic Services. ...
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Strengthening the Criminal Justice System through Police Training in Criminal Investigation Procedures

Mexico City, 30 November, 2016 – Four months after the official launch, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP by its Spanish acronym) marked the completion of the Instructor Training Course for Criminal Investigation under the New Accusatory Criminal Justice System with a ceremony held at La Muralla Police and Forensics Training ...
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A New Generation of Lawyers: Building Litigation Skills under Mexico’s New Accusatory Criminal Justice System

The “Nueva Generación de Abogados” video series highlights the experiences of two teams of university students from the Law Faculty of the University of Guanajuato and from the Colegio Jurista, Morelos who travelled to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2016 to compete in the “Championship of Champions”, moot court competition. As the 2016 winners ...
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Merida Initiative Police Professionalization Efforts Highlighted

Mexico City, October 18, 2016 — Last weekend, Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and representatives from INL Mexico attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego.  At the conference, Assistant Secretary Brownfield met with National Security ...
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Tijuana Visit Showcases Continued Advances in State Penitentiary System

Tijuana, Baja California, September 9, 2016 — Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel S. Foote from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) today completed a two-day visit to Tijuana where he visited the CERESO El Hongo II state penitentiary facility and the La Mesa courthouse, Tijuana. Both CERESO El Hongo II and the ...
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Embassy Assistance Enables Twelve More Mexican Jails to Achieve International Accreditation

Boston, MA, Monday, 8 August, 2016 — Twelve Mexican correctional facilities were today presented with certificates recognizing their international accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) during the organization’s Conference of Correction, hosted in this U.S. city from August 5th to 10th. A further five Mexican correctional facilities were presented with re-accreditation certificates, demonstrating their ...
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Creation of National Cadre of Criminal Investigation Instructors Critical to Consolidation of New Criminal Justice System in Mexico

Mexico City, July 27, 2016 – Edomex, Nuevo León, Colima, Coahuila, Jalisco, Michoacan and Campeche launched Criminal Investigation Instructor Courses for police investigators, part of a national program to create a cadre of criminal investigation instructors. Officials from the United States Embassy and U.S. Consulates in Mexico joined inauguration events for the program in Toluca, ...
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Helping to Consolidate Mexico’s New Criminal Justice System through support for Forensic Sciences

Under Mexico’s new accusatory criminal justice system, professional and effective criminal investigations are critical to the success of law enforcement efforts and criminal prosecutions. Forensic sciences are a fundamental part of any criminal investigation, encompassing the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence. Furthermore, forensic scientists may be called upon to testify as expert witnesses during ...
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Graduation for Police Strategic Training Plan Participants in Nuevo Leon

Monterrey, May 31, 2016 –  The Consulate General Monterrey and the Government of Nuevo León celebrated the graduation of 113 students who participated in the strategic training plan for the State of Nuevo León. Governor Jaime Rodriguez Calderón and Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown led the graduation ceremony.  The training courses included basic police skills, first ...
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Oral Trials Forum Attracts 400 Legal Professionals in San Luis Potosí

On May 12-13, 2016 the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) hosted its Forum on Oral Trials, attracting close to 400 members of the legal profession from San Luis Potosí including personnel from the Attorney General’s office, the Public Defender’s office, law school students and faculty, bar associations, and private attorneys. Senior litigators from the ...
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Expo Valores 2016 in Ciudad Juarez

On April 28, NGO Programa Educación en Valores A.C. held Expo Valores 2016.  Around 7,000 children, parents and teachers from 39 schools in Ciudad Juarez attended the event and learned about the importance of fostering a culture of lawfulness. Programa Educación en Valores maintains contact with these schools every month through educational and recreational activities ...
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United States Supports Mexican Penitentiaries

Merida, Friday, 22 April, 2016 — Courtney Mazzone, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, spoke today about the United States’ collaboration with Mexico to improve jails and prisons across the country during her participation at the South East Regional Conference on the Penitentiary System in Mérida.  Under the Mérida ...
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Inauguration of 100th Courtroom Equipped under Mérida Initiative: A Milestone towards a New Justice System

Victoria de Durango, Durango, April 1 2016 – The formal inauguration ceremony to mark the 100th courtroom equipped under the Mérida Initiative took place earlier today in Victoria de Durango in the presence of top Mexican officials including Jorge Herrera Caldera, Governor of Durango; Dra. María de los Ángeles Fromow Rangel, Technical Secretary, Technical Secretariat ...
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United States and Mexico Hold Counter-Narcotics Dialogue

Mexico City, March 2, 2016 – Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State, and Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, visited Mexico City March 1-2 to discuss issues of common interest, including ways to stop the illegal flow of narcotics ...
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U.S. Embassy Visits to Correctional Facilities in Matamoros and Reynosa Paves Way for International Accreditation

Reynosa, Tamaulipas, January 22, 2016 – Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros yesterday concluded assessments of State correctional facilities in Matamoros and Reynosa. They later shared their findings with Nora Angelica Balderrama Cano, Under-Secretary for the Tamaulipas State Penal System. These visits are an important step ...
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SEGOB and USAID present the First E-Book on Crime and Violence Prevention developed in Mexico

August 13, 2015 – With the goal of promoting theoretical and practical tools for those responsible of the design and implementation of programs on crime and violence prevention in Mexico, Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) present a catalog of 20 publications, the product of the ...
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The U.S. Embassy launches the Merida Initiative’s National Program for the Professionalization of the State and Municipal Police

June 15, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City officially launched the Merida Initiative’s National Program for the Professionalization of the State and Municipal Police in four states – Queretaro, Guanajuato, Durango and Chihuahua.  This program supports the efforts of the Government of Mexico to train members of the police and ensure that they ...
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USAID Ceremony to Acknowledge Partners

June 10, 2015 – On June 10, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented certificates to partners and implementing organizations of USAID programs in Ciudad Juarez. As part of the Merida Initiative, the governments of the United States and Mexico work together to contribute to the formation of strong and resilient communities. Ciudadanos ...
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White House Drug Policy Office Honors Nora Gallegos of El Paso

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2015 – Today during a ceremony at the White House, National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli honored Nora Gallegos as an “Advocate for Action.” Every year, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recognizes leaders who are making a difference in their communities through advocacy or direct services. ...
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Sharing experiences and strengthening confidence

On April 22, 2015, the civil association Ciudadanos Organizados para el Desarrollo Integral de las Comunidades (CODIC) held Sharing experiences and building trust, at which 1,200 children, parents and teachers from different schools learned about the importance of fostering a culture of lawfulness through the correct use of tip lines and the correct way to ...
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Youths in Ciudad Juarez Graduate from Employability Workshops

April 16, 2015 – Today Emprendete Juarez celebrated the graduation of 88 young people attending employability workshops, which were conducted in five community centers in Ciudad Juarez under the program Youth: Work Mexico.  Empréndete Juárez is currently the implementing organization for Youth: Work Mexico in Ciudad Juarez.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and ...
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Merida Initiative Supports the Opening of the First Drug Treatment Court in the State of Chihuahua

Ciudad Juárez, November 7, 2014 – Consul General Ian Brownlee attended the opening ceremony of the first Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in the state of Chihuahua.  Presided over by Chihuahua Health Secretary representing the Governor Pedro Hernandez Torres, the Commissioner of the National Commission against Addictions Manuel Mondragón y Kalb and the Undersecretary for Violence ...
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