TBI’s Justice in Mexico Project Research
TBI is the leading U.S. academic institution working to promote effective rule of law in Mexico, and has a proven record of effective bi-national collaboration in training programs, technical assistance, and analysis. TBI’s research has been essential to help analyze Mexico’s major rule of law challenges, and —most important— recommend policy changes and reforms.
TBI has also presented project findings before U.S. Congress briefings for the National Defense Agency and has frequently consulted with numerous other governmental agencies from both countries on Mexico’s recent rule of law and security challenges; and its research has directly informed several recent policy initiatives.
TBI personnel have informed public policy decisions at all levels in both the United States and Mexico, including congressional testimony and numerous policy briefings on judicial reform and security issues. TBI’s reports are widely referenced in Mexico thanks to a large network and subscriber base. In recent years, TBI commentary has been featured in a wide range of U.S. and Mexican publications, including Al-Jazeera, Associated Press, Arizona Star,The Atlantic Monthly, BusinessWeek, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, Dallas Morning News, Fox 6 News, Frontera, Houston Chronicle, Imperial County Times, KPBS,KURS AM Radio (“La Super K”), Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, NBC 7/39, Rolling Stone Magazine, San Diego North County Times, Reforma, San Diego City Beat, San Diego Union-Tribune, Telemundo, El Universal, and Univision.
Some of me most relevant research activities developed by the JMP are:
TBI’s Justice in Mexico Project launched an unprecedented research project, the Justiciabarómetro initiative, to study the main operators in the Mexican justice system, namely: police, prosecutors, public defenders, and judges, precisely to contribute to the debate on the democratic police and judicial reform in Mexico and to create a dialogue among diverse actors, high-quality qualitative and quantitative inputs. The Justiciabarómetro series summarizes the findings of different surveys of police officers, judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in different Mexican states. The study provides unprecedented analysis of the demographic profile, professional background, and personal observations at a critical moment in Mexico’s efforts to promote judicial sector reform, providing insights on the course and overall support for these efforts.
TBI’s Justice in Mexico Project efforts to disseminate its findings and convene key stakeholders at the sub-national level from 2006-2008 helped to advance discussions to promote judicial reforms at the state and local level. This series of forums, known as the “Justice Network / Red de Justicia,” brought together hundreds of U.S. and Mexican law students, legal practitioners, businesspeople, academics, journalists, and NGO representatives in several Mexican States.