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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Congratulations to the American Benevolent Society in Mexico for 150 Years of Service

Mexico City, March 2, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson celebrated the 150th anniversary of the American Benevolent Society’s (ABS) founding with ABS President William Biese, Executive Director Barbara Franco, and other ABS members. To mark the anniversary, the Ambassador hosted the organization’s annual “Cherry Pie Festival” at her home.  More than 150 guests attended ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Remarks during Ground Breaking Ceremony

Good morning. It is wonderful to see you all today for this historic occasion. We are marking the beginning of a new era for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. Me gustaría agradecer a maestro Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretario de Gobernación, al Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera que creo que ya llegó, Jefe de Gobierno de la ...
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Keynote Address at the Intellectual Property Statistics for Decision Makers Conference

Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be here, and thank you, Andy, for that introduction. We have one other thing in common, which is some quality time spent in New Jersey, my home state, so I am delighted to meet a fellow New Jersian. I am really delighted to be here, and thank the ...
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Final Fugitive Arrested In Murder Case of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

MEXICO CITY – Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga (a.k.a. “Chuy”), who is charged with the first-degree murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was arrested by Mexican law enforcement officers over the weekend. Favela Astorga’s arrest was based on the United States’ request for his extradition. He was the last remaining fugitive of seven ...
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Statement on U.S. – Mexico Security Cooperation Group

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, Department of State Deputy Assistance Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Michael Dougherty, met with Mexico’s delegation, led by Eugenio Imaz Gispert, Director of Mexico’s Center for Investigation and National Security, to review our security cooperation ...
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Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson Confirms U.S. Government Assistance to Red Cross of Mexico

Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson Confirms U.S. Government Assistance to Red Cross of Mexico to for Earthquake Victims.   On September 25, 2017 Ambassador Jacobson participated in a donation ceremony with Eduardo S. Aguero Le Duc, Vice President of the Red Cross Mexico.  During the ceremony the Ambassador confirmed $100,000 in U.S. Government assistance to the ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Statement on the Earthquake

Mexico City, September 21, 2017—“Like everyone in Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, I lived through the moments of anguish during last Tuesday’s earthquake. As president Trump noted, we are with our Mexican brothers and sisters in this critical time. I am moved by the palpable expressions of solidarity from so many citizens. I am deeply proud ...
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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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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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Remarks by Ambassador Roberta Jacobson at the 241st Anniversary of the Independence

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson at the 241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America   Mexico City, June 29th, 2017 – “Welcome, all of you to the commemoration of the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States! I want to express my appreciation to all of ...
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Joint Statement from Ambassadors and UN Human Rights in Mexico in Support of LGBTI Pride Parade

Mexico City, June 22, 2017 – “In our countries in Mexico and in the world we are convinced that all individuals and all families must be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. We take very seriously our role as defenders of equality of human rights for ...
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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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The Americas Should Defend Venezuela’s Democracy with Diplomacy

The diverse family of nations in the Americas recognizes democracy is a part of our collective DNA. The Organization of American States (OAS) has for decades provided us a forum to discuss our greatest challenges and take action together to address them.  Particularly since the approval by OAS members of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Roberta Jacobson at True Economic Talks Conference

Thanks Jaime and Luis for your invitation. Good afternoon, everyone. I’d rather sit here and keep things informal. I will use my cue cards. You can always tell who is not a native speaker because they always use cue cards. I think the title of this conference is very appropriate and very well selected, ‘Facing ...
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The Ambassador’s Remarks for the 101 Women Leaders’ Breakfast

As Prepared It is a real pleasure to be here today with so many distinguished women who are being honored for their leadership in Mexico and beyond. As the first woman Ambassador of the United States to Mexico, I am accustomed to being the only woman in the room. Today is the opposite of that, ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Visits Oaxaca, Focuses on Human Rights and Economic Development

Mexico City, March 22, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson visited the state of Oaxaca as part of her commitment to enhance the bilateral relationship and to get to know various parts of the country.  During her visit, she met with Governor Alejandro Murat and discussed economic development, the state’s cultural heritage and ...
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Ambassador Jacobson visits the state of Morelos

Mexico City, March 15, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson visited various locations in the state of Morelos, and met with Governor Graco Ramiez to discuss renewable energy and economic development.  This visit is part of her goal of getting to know Mexico first hand.  During the day she visited the Robert Brady Museum, the ...
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Together We Are Stronger: American Chamber / Mexico

During its 100th General Assembly, Mónica Flores Barragán, stated that AMCHAM will continue “connecting companies, talent, ideas and businesses.” In 2017, the Chamber will work on two main objectives: increasing the competitiveness of the private sector and implementing binational linkages.   Mexico City, March 14th, 2017 – During the 100th General Assembly, Mónica Flores Barragán, President ...
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Roundtable: U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Innovation

Washington, D.C., March 14, 2017 – The U.S. Department of State is proud to note its participation in this year’s U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research Roundtable.  The Bilateral Forum—often known by its acronym in Spanish “FOBESII”—is an excellent example of how public-private partnerships can promote education and research to stimulate innovation and ...
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Ambassador Jacobson commends Mexico on sentence of criminal who murdered journalist

Mexico City, March 9, 2017 – “We commend Mexican authorities for the conviction of the murderer of Oaxaca journalist Marcos Hernandez Bautista. We encourage authorities to continue investigating the case and ultimately arrest and sentence the mastermind behind this murder and all other crimes against freedom of speech. Among these, the case of Cecilio Pineda, ...
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Statement to Mark International Women’s Day

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women around the world while also reflecting on the challenges that remain in the quest for gender equality. Mexico has a historic opportunity:  it has invested in women’s education and it has built the legal and institutional framework for women’s equality and empowerment. One ...
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With Merida Initiative Assistance Mexican Police to Train Nationwide on Firearms Simulators with an Emphasis on Legitimate Use of Force

Mexico City, March 3, 2017 – Today, at the Hidalgo State Police Training Institute, Ambassador Jacobson commemorated the donation of firearms simulators to police academies and federal training institutes across Mexico.  The donations are part of a larger program under the Merida Initiative that seeks to develop a professional police force that serves the public safety needs ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Donates Medical Equipment

Mexico City, January 25, 2017 – Ambassador Roberta Jacobson participated in a donation ceremony of medical equipment at the Mexican Institute of Diagnostics and Epidemiology (InDRE). Along with Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, she highlighted the importance of collaborating bilaterally in the detection of contagious diseases and the fight against epidemics, as well ...
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Ambassador Visits Merida, Meets with Grantees and Highlights Participation of Women in Government

Merida, Yucatan, January 10, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson traveled to Merida to continue her outreach around Mexico. During her trip she highlighted educational exchanges, human rights, and free speech. Ambassador Jacobson noted: “It has been an honor to represent my country in Mexico. This trip is part of the commitment I ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Jacobson during Launch of Training Program UNODC-CNS Security Enhancement of Groups in Vulnerable Situations

“Good morning everyone, It gives me great pleasure to take part in the launch of this program that will benefit many women that deserve our support. I would like to recognize Ambassador Miguel Ruíz Cabañas, Deputy Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Renato Sales Heredia of the ...
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Ambassador Visits Nogales, Highlights Importance of Border Region

Nogales, Sonora, December 13th, 2016—U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson continued highlighting the transcendence of the bilateral relationship and the economic importance of the border region with a visit to Nogales, Sonora. Ambassador Jacobson met with grantees from Jovenes en Accion who work in a program to counter sexual violence and raise awareness on harassment. ...
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Ambassador Jacobson, U.S. Consulate General in Nogales Donate to ARSOBO

On 13 December, U.S. Ambassador Jacobson visited the Non-Government Organization Arizona Sonora Border Projects for Inclusion (ARSOBO) in Nogales, Sonora to present ARSOBO Director Franciso Trujillo with a donation of $7,000 worth of supplies and equipment on behalf of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). Today’s donation will increase ARSOBO’s ability to manufacture hearing aid molds and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for CBP Inspection Tour and Briefing at Mariposa Port of Entry

It is a pleasure and honor for me to be here today to mark this historic occasion. While the strong cooperation between our two governments has been evident across many areas – from trade to security collaboration, with this event today, those strong government-to-government ties are even more obvious. For the millions of U.S. and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales

Good afternoon. It is indeed an honor for me to be here with you. I want to thank the director of the ITN, José Escárcega Castellanos, for hosting me this afternoon. I am very impressed by the work this university is doing at the border and you play a vital role in this community with ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks Lunch with Nuevo Laredo’s Economic Leaders

Good afternoon and thank you to Sergio Pérez Cervantes and the Asociación de Agentes Aduanales for hosting today’s event. What I love about visiting the border region is seeing the dynamism that emerges when two countries, two economies, and two cultures blend together. The border is proud of its many unique traditions, and with good ...
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International Education Defines Journeys

My journey to becoming Ambassador began years ago when I studied abroad in Argentina.  I discovered a world of new ideas and experiences and, most importantly, a calling that has been my passion for more than thirty years. Many of my colleagues in government, the private sector, NGOs, and international organizations have been equally lucky ...
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Statement by Ambassador Jacobson

Mexico City, November 9, 2016—“After a long campaign, the American people have spoken and democracy has been heard.  President Obama phoned the victor this morning to congratulate him.  The President invited President-elect Trump to meet with him at the White House tomorrowto discuss the transition.  Ensuring a smooth transition of power will be a top ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jacobson Foro Nacional – Sumemos Causas

Good afternoon. President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, Ambassador Duncan Taylor, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Secretario de Gobernación; Attorney General Raúl Cervantes, Xóchitl Gálvez Ruiz, Delegation of Miguel Hidalgo and María Elena Morera and José Octavio López Presa, from Causa en Común.Thank you all for the warm reception. I want to express my ...
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Ambassador Roberta Jacobson visited Guadalajara

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson visited Guadalajara for the first time in her capacity as Ambassador October 24-26.  As part of her visit, she announced the most recent winners of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, promoting educational exchange between the United States and Latin America.  Ambassador Jacobson also opened the Partners of the Americas ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Hears Concerns from Press Freedom Advocates in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, September 20, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson conducted a roundtable at her residence  with journalists  and freedom of speech activists from Veracruz, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Mexico City to learn more about the challenges facing journalists in Mexico Civil society organizations represented at the meeting included Article XIX, Periodistas de a ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for the AmCham Monterrey Chapter’s Annual Meeting

Good morning and thank you President Alberto de Armas for inviting me to your annual meeting. I am excited to be back here in Monterrey, after so many years. You meet at a crucial time – a time of testing, a crossroads where it will become clear whether we’re going to move forward in this ...
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Embassy Hosts Fair Promoting Study Opportunities in the U.S.

MEXICO CITY, August 29, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy through its advising center EducationUSA and the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Education and Cultural Exchanges (COMEXUS) hosted the fourth annual academic mobility fair at the Hotel Krystal Grand Reforma 1 on Saturday August 27 to showcase all sorts of academic opportunities—from intensive English language courses to post-graduate degrees. Twenty ...
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Ambassador Jacobson’s Remarks U.S.-Mexico Border Summit, Ciudad Juarez

— AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY — Good morning.  Thank you to Rolando Pablos for graciously inviting me to share my perspective with this impressive group, which has done so much to build bridges between our two countries.  I want to especially thank Congressman Beto O’Rourke for having organized the first U.S.-Mexico Border Summit in 2015, ...
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Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson visits Ciudad Juarez and El Paso

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson visited the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border August 4 and 5. Ambassador Jacobson participated in the 2016 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit at the invitation of the Borderplex Alliance, where she had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion in El Paso on trade and security with Ambassador of Mexico to ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Inaugurates EducationUSA Center in Juarez

Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta S. Jacobson and the President of the Chihuahua Businessmen Foundation (Fechac) Hector Jurado Sanchez announced the opening of the first EducationUSA Advising Center in Ciudad Juarez. The center will serve teachers, school administrators, parents, and most importantly, prospective students interested in pursuing an education in the United States. ...
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Ambassador Roberta Jacobson at U.S. Mexico Border Summit El Paso

Remarks — as prepared for delivery — Good afternoon. I’m happy to be here with my friend and counterpart Ambassador Sada. And thank you, Congressman O’Rourke, for agreeing to moderate this discussion and for all that you have done and continue to do for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Thank you as well to Rolando Pablos and ...
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Ambassador Jacobson visits Morelia to promote study opportunities in the United States

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson was in Morelia today on her first visit to Michoacan since taking office.  While there she met with U.S. alumni and local students to promote opportunities to study in the United States. She also met with civil society leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials who are members of the state’s Mesas de Seguridad, ...
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US Ambassador, Roberta Jacobson, attends the opening of the new pedestrian crossing “PedWest”

Ambassador Jacobson attended the opening ceremony of the new pedestrian crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, known as “PedWest”. Designed to expedite pedestrian crossings between Tijuana and San Diego, the new bridge will serve approximately 70% of the 20,000 persons that walk across the border daily and will enhance border security and continued ...
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Mexican Entrepreneurs attend the Global Leaders’ Summit

Mexico City, June 21, 2016.- The United States Embassy in Mexico is pleased to announce the entrepreneurs who will represent Mexico in the Global Leaders’ Summit, that will take place in Palo Alto, California from June 22 to June 24. Read more (Spanish)
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Remarks by Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson after Presenting her Letters of Credence to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico City, June 20, 2016 – “Good afternoon.  I want to express my appreciation to President Enrique Peña Nieto for having received the Letters of Credence issued by President Barack Obama regarding my designation as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the United States of America in Mexico.  I am very excited to have the opportunity ...
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Ambassador Jacobson Remarks at her Welcome Reception

“Looking around and seeing so many familiar faces—faces of friends and colleagues with whom I have worked for years—I have a deep sense of gratitude. I am particularly grateful for the trust invested in me by President Obama, who nominating me, and for the constant and unwavering support from Vice President Biden and Secretary of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador-Designate Jacobson upon arrival in Mexico

Welcome Remarks upon Arrival at Mexico City’s International Airport *as prepared* May 26, 2016 Good afternoon. Forgive me if my comments are too brief, but until I have the honor of presenting my credentials, it would be inappropriate of me to address bilateral issues. It is a great honor for my husband Jonathan and me ...
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Roberta Jacobson sworn in as the new Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Mexico.

The former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs will present her credentials upon arrival to Mexico and officially become Ambassador in the next few days. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Ambassador-Designate Roberta Jacobson, the first female U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
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