ABSTRACT

Mexico: Evolution of the Mérida Initiative, FY2008-FY2022 [Updated September 20, 2021]   [open pdf - 581KB]

From the Document: "Prior to FY2008, Mexico did not receive large amounts of U.S. security assistance, partially due to Mexican sensitivity about U.S. involvement in the country's internal affairs. In March 2007, then-Mexican President Felipe Calderón asked for more U.S. cooperation to fight criminal organizations and their cross-border trafficking operations. In response, the Mérida Initiative, a package of U.S. antidrug and rule of law assistance to Mexico (and Central America), began. As part of the Mérida Initiative's emphasis on 'shared responsibility', the Mexican government pledged to tackle corruption. The U.S. government pledged to address drug demand and the illicit trafficking of firearms and bulk currency to Mexico. Both governments have struggled to fulfill those commitments. Impunity for public corruption continues in Mexico, and record U.S. drug overdoses in 2020 reveal challenges in addressing U.S. drug demand."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF10578
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Date:
2021-09-20
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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