Mexico files lawsuit in U.S. against former security chief linked to Sinaloa Cartel

09/23/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico has launched a lawsuit in Miami, Florida against former security chief Genaro García Luna and a network of companies run by him and his associates, hoping to recover illegally obtained assets, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) said on Tuesday.

Ex-Security Minister García Luna pled not guilty last year to U.S. charges involving a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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Security chief reports 3.9% decline in homicides

09/23/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Homicides declined 3.9% in the first eight months of 2021, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodríguez said Wednesday.

There were 22,611 homicides between January and August, according to data presented by Rodríguez at President López Obrador’s news conference, a decrease of more than 900 compared to the same period of 2020.

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Refugee agency pleads for more money amid flood of Haitians into Mexico

09/14/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

As record numbers of migrants stream into the country, a government agency at the forefront of responding to the influx is facing a budget cut, prompting its chief to appeal to Congress for more money.

Almost 80,000 migrants, including large numbers of Haitians, have applied for asylum after crossing into the country via the southern border this year.

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The IRC responds to recurring use of security forces in Mexico to restrict the mobility of asylum seekers

09/09/2021

Source: International Rescue Committee

After security forces have been repeatedly deployed to block the way of asylum seekers trying to go to the North of the country, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) asks the Mexican authorities to implement sustainable and humane measures to respond to the migration crises in the region, prioritizing people’s protection. 

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‘We live searching’: Mexico families look for the missing, while 52,000 aren’t identified

09/01/2021

Source: NBC News

María Isabel Cruz Bernal says she has seen it all. She has witnessed mothers crying because they can’t find their children, parents upset because they’ve been given only a few bone fragments, relatives going through nervous breakdowns because they received the wrong bodies and families searching for years — only to get their loved ones’ remains in poorly sealed garbage bags.

“We have 52,000 unidentified bodies across the country, but we don’t know if there are more,” said Cruz Bernal, 52, leader of Sabuesos Guerreras (which translates as “warrior bloodhounds”), a civil association in Sinaloa state that is one of over 70 groups that make up the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, or MNDM, an organization that recently published a report called “The Forensic Crisis in Mexico.”

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‘We can’t count on Guanajuato to help combat crime:’ AMLO

08/30/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Authorities in Guanajuato – Mexico’s most violent state – are not supporting the federal government in the fight against crime, President López Obrador said Monday.

“What worries me about Guanajuato is insecurity because there is a lot and the government, the Attorney General’s Office in particular, isn’t taking action” he told reporters at his regular news conference.

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Why is Mexico Suing U.S. Gunmakers

08/24/2021

Source: The New York Times

For years, Mexico has been gripped by horrific violence as drug cartels battle each other and kill civilians. In the last 15 years alone, homicides have tripled.

The violence, the Mexican government says, is fueled, in part, by American guns, and the nation’s lax gun control laws.

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US deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him

08/23/2021

Source: AP


MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers was deported from the United States back to Mexico after serving most of a 15-year prison sentence, but he was promptly re-arrested when he arrived in his homeland Monday.

Prosecutors in Mexico said Eduardo Arellano Felix was handed over to Mexican federal authorities at a border crossing in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. He faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in Mexico.

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‘Not normal’: Big flow of U.S. arms to Mexico ‘can’t be denied,’ author says

8/18/2021

Source: NBC News

In the last four years, Ioan Grillo traveled thousands of kilometers in crossings that took him from Mexico to the United States, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Colombia, while following a trail of iron and blood. Beyond the multimillion-dollar figures and chilling statistics, the writer was looking for answers to an ethical dilemma.

Grillo asked an arms dealer in Bulgaria, “Are you worried that the weapons you sell, legally, may later fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists?” The man stared at him and said no.

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Mexico sues US gunmakers, but will it make a dent in trafficking?

08/18/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico City, Mexico – Three years ago, Cresencio “Chencho” Pacheco became one of the estimated 357,000 people in Mexico forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and violence.

Pacheco became a spokesperson for himself and 1,600 of his neighbours who fled their villages in the mountains of Guerrero state when a local group armed with hand grenades and firearms took over the territory for drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

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