Activities & Themes

Research and Analysis

The project generates cutting edge research and analysis on four main areas: security and violence, transparency and accountability, justice system reform, and human rights and civil society in Mexico. This includes to monitor, along with relevant institutional reform processes through ground-breaking surveys that generate original data for analysis and dissemination.

Public Education and Dialogue

The project sponsors and organizes seminars, conferences, and events to promote a constructive dialogue on relevant research topics. It also serves as an informational resource for international media, and its research has been featured in television, radio, and print outlets worldwide.

Policy and Community Engagement

The project regularly briefs agencies and institutions to provide balanced expert assessments to maintain both sustained attention on relevant U.S.-Mexico issues and to avoid hyperbolic rhetoric and responses. It also provides consultative support to external institutions upon request. It has assisted the implementation of Mexico's judicial reform through educational exchanges and training.

Areas of Interest

Justice in Mexico is a leading U.S. academic initiative that works to monitor, evaluate, and enhance security, the rule of law, and human rights in Mexico. The program has a proven track record in research and analysis, public education and dialogue, and policy and community engagement. Its work has been essential to help analyze and generate policy recommendations and programs to address Mexico’s major challenges of crime and violence, judicial system performance, and protection of human rights. Justice in Mexico’s main areas of research are:

Crime and Violence

Since 2001, Justice in Mexico has conducted research to establish a better understanding of the patterns of crime and violence. The program has been examining the problem in substantial detail, drawing on several years of data gathering and research, as well as the latest available data from a variety of sources.

Transparency and Accountability

Justice in Mexico produces studies about the responsibility and answerability of the state and its representatives to their constituencies, especially those aspects of government accountability not related irregular, biased, or inefficient enforcement of the law. It has also conducted research about corruption, particularly in the judicial system.

Justice System Reform

Justice in Mexico has conducted research on several issues regarding the justice system reform in Mexico. This includes not only the judicial system but also the reform of the police. Its research include other issues regarding the effective access to justice among others.

Human Rights and Civil Society

Justice in Mexico has conducted research by documenting and analyzing patterns of human rights violations by some institutions of the Mexican state. The project has also analyzed the role of civil society in promoting effective changes and reform in Mexico.