The United States has supported judicial reform in Mexico for more than a decade, and this assistance has increased under the Merida Initiative, a multi-year U.S. assistance package to Mexico. The U.S. government is currently implementing an US$81 million dollar program aimed at strengthening rule of law in Mexico.
“At a time when the State Department is assessing the Mexican government’s efforts to improve respect for human rights in the country, progress on reforming the criminal justice system becomes increasingly relevant for bilateral relations,” said Maureen Meyer, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Mexico. “The unresolved case of the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa and other cases show that Mexico is facing a serious human rights crisis. Any credible investigation into these and other abuses requires a fully functional criminal justice system, and such a system is not yet a reality in Mexico.”