Mexico surpasses 100,000 disappearances, why? Book review

Since 2000, Mexico has experienced over 100,000 disappearances, with 30% of these victims being women. As the figure below shows, the number of disappearances skyrocketed in the country soon after Felipe Calderón launched the War on Drugs. In recent years, during Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) administration, disappearances have continued to grow and reached a … Continue reading Mexico surpasses 100,000 disappearances, why? Book review

Legislating Femicides: The importance of Feminist Groups 

By Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero Violence against girls and women is a critical issue around the world. This violence includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and it can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. In Latin America, this problem is especially prevalent, with 14 countries in the region making the top 25 ranking for femicide … Continue reading Legislating Femicides: The importance of Feminist Groups 

Five ways to improve gang research

Gang violence is a major problem across many countries. These criminal groups recruit young people, including children and adolescents, with the purpose of committing a wide range of crimes and controlling territory with the use of violence. Gangs are an important entry point for a career in crime where the exit available for many of its members is often prison or death.

Political violence against women and possible solutions

By Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero and Nayely Iturbe Being a woman in Mexico is a danger. Every day eleven women are murdered simply because of their gender. This is just one more statistic that reflects the degree of systemic violence that women experience every day in the country. Despite the enormous progress that Mexico, and Latin America … Continue reading Political violence against women and possible solutions

Mexican drug violence endangers development by increasing poverty and disrupting economic activity

by Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero, featured in Lacea Vox Since the beginning of the new millennium, Mexican drug cartels turned against each other, killing more than 6,680 people between 2001 and 2005 (Ríos and Shrik, 2011). Concerned about this violence, Felipe Calderón, the then recently elected President, declared war against cartels in December 2006. He actively prosecuted … Continue reading Mexican drug violence endangers development by increasing poverty and disrupting economic activity