News Monitor Vol. 9 No. 1 now available

Cover_VOL9_NO1(JAN)We are pleased to announce the release of our latest Justice in Mexico News Monitor, covering the month of January 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 and International Relations at the University of San Diego, and benefits from the support of university students and volunteers.  Each month, the project produces an aggregated summary of Mexican and U.S. news coverage in four major categories: Crime and Violence; Transparency and Accountability; Justice System Reform; and Human Rights and Civil Society.

Highlights from January 2014:

  • Federal government to take control of municipalities in Michoacán as it announces pact to “institutionalize” self-defense groups
  • Veracruz state police officers implicated in kidnapping and murder of musician
  • Only 33% of population lives under the new justice system
  • Mexican journalists continue to face risks in their reporting

To read the full report, click here.

This report was compiled by Cory Molzahn, Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodriguez, and David Shirk, with the research assistance and direct contributions from Tiana Carriedo, Leticia Corona, Felicia Gomez, Nathalie Gomez, and Kat Petrich.

As always, remember that our monthly news monitors, our latest drug violence maps, our special reports, and other publications are available on the project’s website at, as well as our databases of crime and other indicators at the Data Portal. You can view regular updates on rule of law and security issues in Mexico on our News Blog. You can also follow us on Twitter @JusticeinMexico and Facebook at Justice in Mexico.

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