Everyone a Winner in Merida Initiative Mock Trial Competition

Washington, June 26, 2018 – At yesterday’s Merida Initiative Mock Trial Competition, held at the American University, Washington, DC, a talented team of young Mexican lawyers-in-the making from The Marist University of Merida, Yucatan, used all their knowledge and resourcefulness to defeat University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato. This is the fourth year that the legal showdown ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Eleven States Now Offering Alternative Justice Mechanisms

Mexico City, November 8, 2016 – Representatives from the health, public safety, law enforcement, and judicial sectors in eleven states attended the launch of the fifth nationwide workshop in Therapeutic Justice for Addicts of Psychoactive Substances, hosted by the Inter-American Commission for the Control and Abuse of Drugs of the Organization of American States together with SEGOB ...
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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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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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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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