The Mexico Violence Resource Project is a collaboration between researchers at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and El Colegio de México. The project was founded in 2020 by Cecilia Farfán-Mendez and Michael Lettieri with the goal of bringing together researchers, policymakers, journalists, and activists for thoughtful discussions around the topic of crime and violence in Mexico.
The project publishes opinion essays, research briefs, and maintains an index of key data on violence. We also host a discussion forum and virtual roundtables for members and contributors.
Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Méndez is head of security research programs at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her research examines when and why DTOs pursue additional criminal enterprises, the methods used in money laundering, and their different propensities for violence.
Dr. Michael Lettieri is an independent researcher and consultant. He has published on journalism, democracy, and currently manages a project documenting enforced disappearance in Sinaloa. His work examines the social impacts of violence and security policies.