U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond [June 29, 2017] [open pdf - 1MB]
"Ten years after the Mexican government launched an aggressive, military-led campaign against drug trafficking and organized crime, violent crime continues to threaten citizen security and governance in parts of Mexico, including in cities along the U.S. southwest border. Organized crime-related violence in Mexico declined from 2011 to 2014 but rose in 2015 and again in 2016. Analysts estimate that the violence may have claimed more than 109,000 lives since December 2006. High-profile cases-particularly the enforced disappearance and murder of 43 students in Guerrero in September 2014-have drawn attention to the problem of human rights abuses involving security forces. Numerous cases of corruption by former governors, some of whom have fled the country, have increased concerns about impunity."
CRS Report for Congress, R41349
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html