Since the intensification of the war on drugs and crime in Mexico nearly fifteen years ago—characterized by the deployment of the armed forces and the strategy of targeting drug kingpins—annual homicides have more than tripled. Since December of 2006, Mexico has registered approximately 350,000 homicides and the government reports 85,000 disappeared and missing people.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to transform the failed security strategy of his two predecessors. Nevertheless, he has deepened militarization both within and beyond the realm of public security, creating a militarized National Guard and assigning ever more civilian tasks to the armed forces. What do these decisions mean for the present and future of Mexico? How do they impact different sectors of Mexican society? What changes are needed to overcome a failed war and to consolidate human security and the rule of law?
Join WOLA Friday, May 14th at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Mexico City) as we welcome three experts from Mexico to share their analysis of the current state of militarization of public security, the impacts of militarization on women, and the growing involvement of the armed forces in non-security tasks.
Friday, May 14, 2021
11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Estefanía Vela Barba
Executive Director, Intersecta
Santiago Aguirre Espinosa
Director, Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center
Investigator, Citizen Security Program, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights
Simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish will be available.
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