Maureen Meyer directs WOLA's Mexico program with a special focus on analyzing US-Mexico counter-drug policies and their relation to drug-related violence and corruption in Mexico. She carries out extensive advocacy work regarding US security assistance to Mexico through the Merida Initiative. She also promotes justice for human rights violations in Mexico and Central America and monitors democratic processes in these countries.
Ms. Meyer has extensive experience working on human rights, security cooperation, trade, and development issues and has worked with various human rights and economic globalization networks in Latin America. She is the author of several reports and articles including Abused and Afraid in Ciudad Juarez: An analysis of human rights violations by the military in Mexico (2010). Ms. Meyer is also a member of the Mexican-based Collective for Analysis of Security with Democracy. She has been actively engaged in supporting the work of Mexican and Central American human rights organizations and has submitted two amicus curiae briefs to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in support of victims of human rights violations in Mexico. Ms. Meyer has done important monitoring and analysis of the elections processes in Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Before joining WOLA in 2006, Ms. Meyer lived and worked for five years in Mexico City, primarily with the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center. She was an International Development Fellow with the Catholic Relief Services in the Dominican Republic and also served as the Mexico Country Coordination Group for Amnesty International (1998-2001).
- M.A. American University, International Development
- B.A. University of Arizona, Spanish and Anthropology
- "Tackling Urban Violence in Latin America: Reversing Exclusion through Smart Policing and Social Investment" June 2011.
- "A Dangerous Journey through Mexico: Human Rights Abuses against Migrants in Transit" WOLA and the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, December 2010.
- "Abused and Afraid in Ciudad Juarez: An analysis of human rights violations by the military in Mexico" WOLA and the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, September 2010.
- "Obama y la Iniciativa Mérida: ¿El inicio de un cambio o continuidad de la fallida guerra contra las drogas?", Crimen organizado e Iniciativa Mérida en las relaciones México-Estados Unidos, Raúl Benítez, ed. Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia, 2010.
- "No todo lo que es oro brilla / No todo lo que brilla es oro", co-authored with Joel Fyke, ForeignAffairs en Español, Vol. 8 Num. 1, January-March 2008.
- "At a Crossroads: Drug Trafficking, Violence and the Mexican State," WOLA/ Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme, Briefing Paper Thirteen, November 2007.
- New York Times - May 2, 2013 - Obama Arrives in Mexican Capital to Meet With New Leader
- Los Angeles Times - March 10, 2013 - A traditionalist shines through Mexico's fresh new face
- The Washington Post - February 12, 2013 - Lateral deportation: Migrants crossing the Mexican border fear a trip sideways
- The Dallas Morning News - January 28, 2013 - El Paso anxiously awaits renewed call for immigration revisions
- Toronto Star - June 22, 2012 - No clear choice in Mexico's election for new president amid drug wars
- El Universal (México) - May 11, 2012- Sube presión sobre Mexico por violación de derechos
- EFE - April 19, 2012 - Incremento de vigilancia en frontera México-EEUU no ha mejorado la seguridad
- El Universal (México) - April 19, 2012 - WOLA: sin impacto, medidas fronterizas
- Latin American Herald Tribune - April 19, 2012 - Greater Vigilance Along Border Has Not Improved Security
- Univision - February 27, 2012 - Barack Obama pidió 236 millones de dólares para la lucha contra el narcotráfico en México
- CBS News: World Watch - February 6, 2012 - Mexico's ruling party picks first woman presidential candidate
- Primera Emisión con Carmen Aristegui - February 2, 2012 - Maureen Meyer dir. del programa WOLA México
- New York Times - January 26, 2012 - Efraín Ríos Montt Acused of Atrocities in Guatemala
- The Dallas Morning News - December 10, 2011 - U.S. citizen speaks out about government corruption, beatings as ex-inmate in Mexico prison
- Reforma (Mexico) - November 26, 2011 - Esconde Sedena información - EU
- McClatchy Newspapers - November 2, 2011 - Despite Nicaragua's Constitution, Ortega headed for re-election
- El Universal (Mexico) - August 19, 2011 - Piden a Obama detener tráfico de armas a México
- Christian Science Monitor - April 1, 2011 - UN questions Mexican Army's role in drug war
- Los Angeles Times - October 18, 2010 - Mexican bill on civilian trials for soldiers seen as falling short
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