Justice in Mexico presents results of new study of Tijuana police

On March 12, 2015 Justice in Mexico presented the results of its latest Justiciabarómetro survey, titled: Diagnóstico integral de la policía municipal de Tijuana (in Spanish), developed in collaboration with the Institute for Security and Democracy (Instituto para la Seguridad y Democracia, INSYDE), the Law School of the Autonomous University of Baja California (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, UABC) in Mexicali, […]

Detention Without Charge now available!

Justice in Mexico is pleased to announce the publication of Detention Without Charge, a special report provides a detailed assessment of the use of arraigo as a prosecutorial mechanism in Mexico, as national and international organizations have increasingly questioned the practice. Evidence collected for this report suggests that detention without charge is a poor substitute for due process protections […]

News Monitor Vol. 9 No. 9 now available!

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest Justice in Mexico News Monitor, covering the month of September 2014. The Justice in Mexico Project conducts original research, promotes public discourse, and informs public policies related to rule of law and security issues in Mexico. This academically-based, policy focused program is based at the Department of Political Science […]

Justice in Mexico deploys groundbreaking study of police in the city of Tijuana

Thanks to the support of the Open Society Foundation (OSF), Justice in Mexico and our partner organizations—the Instituto para Democracia y Seguridad, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Universidad de Guadalajara, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute—successfully deployed the first independent survey of the Tijuana police department,  as the third municipal police survey in the “Justiciabarómetro” (Justice […]

Research Internships

About Us: Justice in Mexico is a leading academic research initiative on crime and violence, judicial reform, and human rights in Mexico. Interns contribute to our work by gathering data, writing briefs and fact sheets, and providing direct assistance to the staff on a wide range of projects. Our interns earn up to 3 units […]

Justice in Mexico prepares “Justiciabarómetro” in Tijuana

Justice in Mexico visited Mexico to prepare the implementation of a study of police in the city of Tijuana. Tijuana will be the third police department to be analyzed by the study after the Metropolitan Zone of Guadalajara (2009) and Ciudad Juárez (2010). In 2011 the Project also completed a study directed to judges, prosecutors and public defenders in nine […]

Justice in Mexico conducts field research on justice system reform 

In late August 2014, Justice in Mexico project researchers Octavio Rodriguez and David Shirk visited Mexico City to gather information for a forthcoming report on efforts to implement sweeping changes to the country’s judicial system. This trip culminated several months of data gathering and monitoring media reports on Mexico’s transition from its traditional mixed-inquisitorial model […]

Women Voice Ire, Fear as Femicides Continue to Rise in Mexico

03/10/20 (written by kheinle) — Mexico just recorded its most dangerous year on record for women, according to the Secretary General of National Public Security (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública, SESNSP). Targeted violence against women, also known as “femicides,” has long been an issue with which Mexico has grappled. With the numbers […]

Leaked Reforms to Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Raise Serious Concerns

02/01/20 (written by kheinle) — Critics are fiercely pushing back against a package of proposed reforms to Mexico’s justice system made public in mid-January. Alejandro Gertz Manero, Mexico’s Attorney General (Fiscal General de la República, FGR), and Julio Scherer, the president’s chief legal adviser, prepared a draft of reforms that was leaked on January 15, […]

New Justice in Mexico working paper: Forced Confessions: Tracking Torture and Mistreatment in Mexico’s Accusatorial Criminal Justice System

01/30/20- Justice in Mexico, a research-based program at the University of San Diego, released a working paper by Rita E. Kuckertz, entitled, “Forced Confessions: Tracking Torture and Mistreatment in Mexico’s Accusatorial Criminal Justice System.” This study examines the impact of Mexico’s 2008 criminal justice reform on the use of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading […]

Justice in Mexico Director Provides Testimony on Capitol Hill

01/27/20 (written by kheinle) — Justice in Mexico Director Dr. David Shirk recently provided expert testimony on Capitol Hill. On January 15, 2020, the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, which falls under the House of Representative’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, held a hearing on “Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law in […]

Homicides and Disappearances Reach New Levels in 2019

01/14/20 (written by kheinle) – The last year of the decade was one of Mexico’s most violent years on record. Homicides and disappearances played critical roles in driving up the numbers. Homicides When looking at homicides, several of the year’s top headlines and prominent stories emerge. Perhaps most important, more homicides occurred in Mexico in […]