The Mission To Find Mexico’s Disappeared Threatened By Government Cuts

In Mexico, funding cuts that are a part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten efforts to search for the over 61,000 disappeared persons in the country. The government body known as the Commission for Assistance to Victims (CEAV) faces significant cuts, which could be as high as […]

Mexican Criminal Groups See COVID-19 Crisis As Opportunity To Gain More Power

The peak of infections of COVID-19 in Mexico is expected in May, and criminal groups are looking to use the pandemic to achieve their own goals. For 20 years, nearly 200 criminal groups have been active in the country, and in 2019 alone, 34,582 homicides were recorded, making it the […]

Coronavirus Profiteers: The Pandemic And Organised Crime

Earlier in April, it was reported that the Mafia in Italy and cartels in Mexico have been distributing food and aid packages to impoverished locals suffering at the hands of the pandemic. Given their violent reputation, this benevolence may appear surprising: however, across the world, criminal organisations are set to […]

As Quarantines Decrease Violent Crime, Latin America’s Cartels Endure

Since the beginning of major quarantine efforts in March, violent crime rates have largely decreased in some of the most tumultuous parts of El Salvador, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as many other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele closed the country in mid-March and issued a […]

COVID-19 In Latin America

What might happen in Latin America with weak economies, fragile public health systems, high rates of unemployment, and huge inefficiencies in the delivery of other public services, if the continent reaches a peak in the cases of coronavirus infections? Timeline Of Outbreak The first case of COVID-19 in Latin America […]

Women Strike 2020 On International Women’s Day

Every year on International Women’s Day, vast numbers of women around the world march for women’s rights. These strikes have different objectives in every country; in Latin American countries, the strikes were a  protest against sexist violence in all its forms and expressions: sexual, social, cultural, political and economic. To […]

Mexico’s Escalation On The War On Drugs

It seems that President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already recognized the systemic failure of his ‘ Hugs not Bullets’ campaign that made international headlines and brought condemnation from security experts and Mexico’s deep-pocketed American backers. The question now remains how a government whose most notable international effort […]

The Impact Of Mexico’s “Hugs Not Bullets” Campaign

Despite Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s best efforts to combat the cartel influence through peaceful means, the continuing rise in deaths and the shocking rise in cartel displays of power has meant that the policy of de-escalation and appeasement, that the President’s 2018 electoral policy “Hugs, not Bullets” was based […]

“We Are Not Dying; They Are Killing Us” – Femicide Epidemic In Mexico Must Be Addressed

On February 14, women marched to the Presidential Palace in Mexico City, covering the door in fake blood and the Spanish message “Femicide State” as they demanded justice for the gruesome killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla. Stabbed to death by her husband, then skinned to cover up the crime; images […]

Mexico Should Reconsider Its Approach To Fighting Its Drug War

Since the Mexican government deployed troops to fight against drug cartels in 2006, over 61,000 people have disappeared and violence has only increased. Head of Mexico’s National Search Commission, Karla Quintana, expressed the announcement of this huge number as a great pain for both individuals and their families. Along with […]

127 Deaths Reported In A Single Day: The Most Homicidal Day In Mexican History

December in Mexico began with a scathing review of its approach to tackling violent drug cartels. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly referred to as AMLO, vowed to be the president of “hugs, not bullets” in response to Mexico’s surging criminal violence. However, this approach has now been brought into […]

Mexico Holds Its Breath As López Obrador Starts To Implement New Strategy Against Drug Cartels

On 2 July 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican general elections in what has come to be considered a historic victory in Mexico. López Obrador became the first president in recent Mexican history who was not a member of the two parties (PRI-Partido Revolucionario Institucional and PAN-Partido de […]