JMP director comments on criminal organizations

German newscast Deutsche Welle Online for Latin America recently featured Justice in Mexico Director David Shirk in its online article, “Peña Nieto minimiza problema de la seguridad.” The article looks at the allegations of illegal trafficking of human organs in Mexico, particularly through the hands of the Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios).

Shirk provided expert commentary on the matter, emphasizing that the allegations of human trafficking and organ harvesting have little evidence proving the claims’ validity. “There has been a great deal of concern about human trafficking for the our purposes of trafficking, but such reports are often based on speculation that takes on a life of its own and creates a ‘moral panic,'” said Shirk. He also questioned the Knights Templar’s ability to be successful in that type of illicit activity, acknowledging the “high degree of sophistication and coordination” that it requires. Nevertheless, Shirk did recognize the criminal organization’s proven involvement in other lucrative criminal activities, notably extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

To read the full article in Spanish, click here.

JMP director moderates panel in “Mexico Moving Forward” event

JMP Director David Shirk.

JMP Director David Shirk.

Justice in Mexico Director David Shirk participated in the recent event, Mexico Moving Forward (MMF): 20 Years of NAFTA and Beyond, on March 6, 2014. Hosted by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego, the “daylong symposium engaged business leaders, policy makers, and scholars in discussions on Mexico’s progress and future goals 20 years after the signing of NAFTA.”

The event began with keynote speakers Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, senior fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law, and Denise Dresser, professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM). MMF then featured four panels of distinguished U.S.-Mexican experts, academics, and representatives from a number of well-known Mexican-related institutions, NGOs, and civil society organizations, among others.

David Shirk moderated the third panel, Mexico on the Move: Reforms for the 21st Century, which included panelists Juan Pardinas, CEO of Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad; Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Clare Seelke, specialist in Latin American affairs at the Congressional Research Service; and Edna Jaime, director of México Evalúa. The other panels included Mexico Looking Back: NAFTA at 20; Faces of Mexico: Arts and Culture; and Mexico Looking Forward: Pacific Partnerships.

For more information, pictures, and forthcoming videos on the Mexico Moving Forward event, check out the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies event page.

Octavio Rodriguez interview with KPBS

Screen shot 2014-02-25 at 7.23.10 PMFollowing the arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Octavio Rodriguez, program coordinator of the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego, said Guzman’s arrest is the Mexican government’s biggest accomplishment in the past few years, but that it does not mean the end of the Sinaloa Cartel, as such organizations are well managed to restructure themselves, or create new organizations. “The impact of these arrests is minimal, but it sends a message,” Rodriguez said.

kpbs2013To hear the full interview with KPBS, click here.

David Shirk interviews with Javier Solórzano

solorzano_shirkFollowing the arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, David Shirk, Director of the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego and Global Fellow at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, commented on the radio program of Javier Solózano, one of Mexico’s leading journalists. Dr. Shirk highlighted the coordination between the U.S. and Mexican governments in El Chapo’s capture.

Solorzano To hear the full interview in Spanish,

click here.

Justice in Mexico comments on ‘El Chapo’s arrest

02/24/14 – As reported by Justice in Mexico, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, was arrested on Saturday, February 22. Guzmán, one of the most wanted criminals in the world and leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the most powerful criminal organization in Mexico, was taken into custody in the city of Mazatlán, Sinaloa in the North Pacific coast of Mexico by elements of the Mexican Navy in a coordinated operation with several Mexican law enforcement agencies in which U.S. authorities also participated.

The arrest of ‘El Chapo’ quickly became a trending topic in the news and social media not only in Mexico—where hashtags such as #chapoguzman or #mexicoenpaz among others represented 7 out the 10 trending topics—, but in international media outlets that also covered the story of the arrest of one the most wanted criminals worldwide. As always, Justice in Mexico contributed to the discussion making comments to several newspaper and TV stations about the topic. Here are the links to some of the Justice in Mexico comments in the media: