Mexico Governors Announce New Anti-Crime Strategies

InSight Crime, 8/17/11

After a meeting between representatives of the National Conference of Governors (Conago) and the National Public Security System (SNSP) in Mexico City, the officials held a press conference to reveal details of their plan. The new measures will to be divided into two phases, one to be rolled out from September to December 2011, and another in 2012.

The plan aims to combat money laundering, to seize the profits of criminal activity and to reduce crimes such as kidnapping, murder, extortion and arms trafficking.

Marcelo Ebrard, the current president of Conago, said the ultimate goal is to reduce Mexico’s crime rate with a coordinated strategy jointly developed by the states, the Federal District and the executive.

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The Week in Election News: 8/16/2011

Katie Putnam, AL DÍA: Analysis from the Mexico, 8/16/2011

The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide provides a comprehensive guide to the best resources on the 2012 Mexican presidential elections by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center. You can find background on the political parties and candidates, follow where they stand in the polls, check their stance on security, the economy and on other important topics, find sites for further reference, and review the key dates and events in the lead-up to the election itself on July 1st, 2012.

Every week the Mexico Institute’s Katie Putnam will provide a brief summary of the most important news stories of the past week in “This Week in Election News.”

To check out this week’s summary, click here!