Mexico, a top U.S. trade partner and political ally, has struggled to address violence and human rights abuses perpetrated by criminal groups and corrupt officials. Mexico’s problems have been exacerbated by the weakness of many of its criminal justice institutions. Homicides have decreased from record levels recorded in 2011, but kidnappings, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings persist. On average, more than 90% of reported crimes in Mexico go unpunished. Recent cases have drawn attention to the particular problem of impunity for human rights abuses. Reducing impunity in Mexico is a key goal of U.S. and Mexican efforts under the Mérida Initiative, a bilateral initiative for which Congress has appropriated $2.5 billion.
Date of Report: March 23, 2015
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