WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Mexico’s New Fiscalía: A Way Out of Corruption & Impunity

Friday, 13 October 2017
Washington, DC

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The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute invite you to the following event:

Mexico’s New Fiscalía

A Way Out of Corruption and Impunity

With opening remarks by:

Eric L. Olson
Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Ana Lorena Delgadillo
Executive Director, Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho

Gustavo de Hoyos Walther
National President, Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (COPARMEX)

María Novoa
Director of the Justice Program, Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo A.C. (CIDAC)

With remarks by:

Ursula Indacochea
Senior Program Officer, Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF)

Ximena Suárez
Associate for Mexico, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Moderated by:

Maureen Meyer
Senior Associate for Mexico and Migrant Rights, WOLA

Event details:

Friday, October 13, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wilson Center
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

This event will be in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation available. A live stream of the event will be available at WilsonCenter.org

A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Please note that the event will begin at 12:00 p.m.


Faced with ongoing challenges of corruption and impunity, Mexico has been undertaking an historic transformation of its criminal justice system for over a decade. One recent change is the proposed transition from a presidentially-appointed attorney general to the creation of an autonomous National Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía General), led by an independent national prosecutor. If implemented well, the new Fiscalía could reduce political influence over criminal investigations and more effectively address impunity in Mexico, where approximately 98 percent of crimes go unpunished. Join our panel of experts to discuss the status of this transition, civil society proposals for the Fiscalía, and the challenges that lie ahead as the country tries to build a more effective justice system.