3 Gay Rights Activists Shot to Death in Southern Mexico

06/19/18 The New York Times

LGBT Rights MexicoMexican officials say three LGBTQ activists have been shot dead and left along a highway in the troubled southern state of Guerrero.

Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the bodies were found Sunday on a road between Taxco and Cuernavaca with bullet wounds to the head.

Alvarez said Tuesday that evidence and witness testimony suggest the killings may have been linked to extortion. Four people were arrested in possession of weapons and drugs, and one is suspected in the killings.

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Border Patrol agent fatally shoots female migrant, official says

05/23/2018 LA Times

border patrol badgeA Border Patrol agent shot and killed a female migrant while patrolling the border town of Rio Bravo, Texas, late Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The agent was responding to reports of activity in the town nearly 12 miles south of Laredo when he encountered a group of migrants who he said beat him with two-by-fours, according to a statement released by the Border Patrol

During the melee that ensued, the agent fired and shot a female migrant in the head, the Border Patrol said. The agent gave the wounded woman CPR, and paramedics responded, but she later died, the statement said. The incident is now under review by the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

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UPCOMING EVENT | Soaring Homicide Rates in Mexico: Understanding the Crisis and Proposing Solutions

pexels-photo-54512.jpegWHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center

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It is no surprise that crime, insecurity, and corruption are top issues in this year’s presidential campaign. Last year set a modern day record for homicides in Mexico – over 29,000. Why are homicides soaring in Mexico once again and, more importantly, what are the prospects for the future? Are there any new ideas for reducing homicides and increasing security in Mexico? What are Mexico’s presidential candidates proposing?

Join us for a discussion with leading experts on crime, violence, and security in Mexico.

Dr. David Shirk

Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Director, Master’s Program in International Relations & Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
Director, Justice in Mexico

Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Edna Jaime Treviño
Director General, México Evalúa

Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Méndez
Postdoctoral Fellow, International Relations, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego

Eric L. Olson
Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Deputy Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

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A Mexican journalist’s life hangs in the balance

12/11/2017 The Washington Post

Excluding countries at war, few places are as dangerous for journalists as Mexico, where 73 members of the profession have been killed since 2010, including at least 11 this year. Drug cartels and organized crime, as well as corrupt government security forces, have played a role in the carnage, which has forced some journalists into hiding and others to flee the country. Impunity is the rule; few of the murders are solved.

Among those who fear for their lives is Emilio Gutierrez, who, with his then-teenage son, crossed into the United States in 2008 after writing critical stories about abuses committed against civilians by the Mexican army in prosecuting its war on drugs in Chihuahua, then Mexico’s most violent state. Mr. Gutierrez’s hurried departure was prompted by the news, conveyed to him by a friend with contacts in the security forces, that a military officer had ordered him killed.

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Guerrero Becomes Mexico’s Most Violent State

12/5/2017 Prensa Latina

Guerrero has become the most violent state in Mexico and records more than 9,700 malicious homicides in four years and 10 months, particularly by criminal groups.

According to the National System of Public Security, the entity has not been capable of stopping violence since 2013, date in which clashes between organized crime organizations began.

The report highlights that states with a larger population are below Guerrero in terms of violence rates, including Mexico City, Jalisco, Chihuahua and the State of Mexico.

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U.N. rights team warns Mexico of ‘crisis’ in journalists’ safety

12/4/2017 Reuters

The United Nations said on Monday the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors, after officials toured regions of the country that are among the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

Mexican federal prosecutors have yet to secure any convictions for crimes against reporters due to ineffective probes and scant resources, said the U.N.’s special rapporteur for freedom of expression, David Kaye, and his counterpart from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Edison Lanza.

They released a preliminary report describing a “profound crisis of safety” after a week-long tour of Mexico City and the violent states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Tamaulipas and Sinaloa, and plan to release detailed recommendations in the spring.

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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

11/14/2017 InSight Crime

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups’ longstanding rivalry has continued to see blood spilled in the key trafficking region.

On the surface, the state of play in Mexico’s northeast is as it has been for most of the past decade: Both the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas maintain tight control over different parts of Tamaulipas — the crucial border state that birthed both groups — but neither is strong enough to defeat the other.

Government forces, particularly the marines, have maintained a degree of consistent pressure on crime groups operating in Tamaulipas.

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