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The Mexico Violence Resource Project provides information, analysis, research, and resources for understanding violence and organized crime in Mexico. This collaborative effort gives policymakers, journalists, and scholars the tools to develop deeper understandings and smarter solutions.

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Latest Perspectives


March 13, 2023

The Kidnapping in Tamaulipas

Over the past two years, 155 U.S. citizens were murdered in Mexico, according to the U.S. State Department records - The kidnapping of four U.S. citizens on March 3 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, is thus simultaneously a horrific tragedy and perhaps less extraordinary than it appeared.

February 27, 2023

The Trial of Genaro Garcia Luna

García Luna's conviction closes a chapter, but there are still more questions than answers about both the past and the future. What does the case tell us about the drug war? What are the implications for the future of US-Mexico security cooperation? Moving beyond the narco-novela stories of cash-filled duffel bags and clandestine meetings, there are four important considerations to understand the significance of the guilty verdict.

January 9, 2023

Black Thursday II and the Arrest of Ovidio Guzman

In a pre-dawn operation on January 5, Mexican army forces captured Ovidio Guzmán López, unleashing a wave of violence across the entire state of Sinaloa. The terror mimicked the events of October 17, 2019, when blockades and shootouts in Culiacán forced security forces to release Guzmán López after briefly detaining him.

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