Mérida Initiative: U.S. moving away from big ticket items

In congressional testimony, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson outlined four main initiatives for the next stage of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation: 1) disrupt organized criminal groups; 2) institutionalize reforms to sustain the rule of law and respect for human rights; 3) create a 21st century border; and 4) build strong and resilient communities.  “Broadly, … we are moving away from big ticket equipment and into an engagement that reinforces progress by further institutionalizing Mexican capacity to sustain adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights, build strong institutions, promote full civil society participation, transform the nature of our borders, and by providing intensive technical assistance and training,” she said. (State 5/27)

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