WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Combating Corruption in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m. Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Inter-American Dialogue (1155 15th St NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005)

(Flickr/Marte Merlos)

Corruption has proven to be one of the most significant issues in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election. At least 14 former or current governors are under investigation for corruption charges, and Mexico placed last among OECD countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index last year. With journalistic investigations showing political elites involved in corruption cases, public discontent regarding government corruption is on the rise.

Mexico is at a tipping point as it heads into one of the most consequential elections the country has ever seen; voters will cast their ballots not only for a new president but for a new federal Congress, nine governors, and representatives for nearly 2,800 political positions at the state and local level as well. To reduce corruption the country passed the National Anti-Corruption System (Sistema Nacional Anticorrupción, SNA) in 2016, a landmark plan to develop a tougher and more comprehensive approach to fighting corruption. Has this system been successfully implemented? Will it truly help in the battle against corruption?

To discuss corruption in Mexico, the current status of the National Anti-Corruption System, as well as the role journalists and civil society organizations can play in the fight against graft, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Due Process of Law Foundation, and the Washington Office on Latin America are pleased to host a panel discussion to examine the future of anti-corruption efforts in Mexico.

Please note this discussion will occur in both Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation available. A live stream of the event is available here.

Event Details

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
May 30, 2018
The Inter-American Dialogue
1155 15th St NW Suite 80
Washington, DC 20005

Opening Remarks

  • Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)


  • Mariclaire Acosta, President, Citizen Participation Committee of the National Anti-Corruption System (@macostau)
  • Alejandro Ríos, President, National Anti-Corruption Commission for Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (COPARMEX) (@rios_rippa)
  • Daniel Lizárraga, Head of Research, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (@danliza)


  • Maureen Meyer, Director, Mexico and Migrant Rights, Washington Office on Latin America (@meyermc)
  • Katya Salazar, Executive Director, Due Process of Law Foundation (@katyasalazar)


Tweet using the event hashtag #MEXCorruption.

Follow the participants at @DPLF_info, @WOLA_org, and @The_Dialogue.

Contact: Gina Hinojosa, WOLA Program Assistant ([email protected])