Rule of Law

In 2008, the Government of Mexico (GOM), under increasing pressure from justice
sector stakeholders and civil society networks, approved constitutional reforms
mandating the nation-wide adoption of an adversarial criminal justice system. The
reforms required all state and federal jurisdictions to implement justice reforms by
June 2016, and to improve the transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of criminal
justice proceedings, while protecting due process, promoting assistance to crime
victims and strengthening human rights. Since the 2016 transition, USAID has focused
on the consolidation of the reform at the state level, with an emphasis on decreasing
high levels of impunity through prioritization of investigative and prosecutorial
resources. U.S. Government support for the reforms is part of the Merida Initiative.

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Date 
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:00am

Last updated: April 29, 2019