“IDP is short for ‘Internally Displaced Person’. Some 26 million people worldwide currently live in situations of internal displacement as a result of conflicts or human rights violations.They were forced to flee their homes because their lives were in danger, but unlike refugees they did not cross international borders.” This is from the website for […]

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Between 2007 and 2012, poppies surpassed marijuana as the most widely grown illegal plant in Mexico. In fact, by the end of last year the authorities estimated that poppies occupied 40% more land than cannabis; in 2008, only 210 kilos of opium gum were seized by Mexican law enforcement but by 2012, the amount ballooned […]

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“It’s nothing like CSI. I wish it was more like that, or more modern, but it’s primitive. The situation is primitive.” This is Aldo Ledon Pereira, representative of Voces Mesoamericanas (a migrant advocacy group) describing the state of criminal investigation in Mexico today. Ledon’s organization is working in conjunction with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team […]

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The vigilante group decided to take the village of Tierra Colorada, Guerrero (between Chilpancingo and Acapulco) after the body of the commander of another community police force was found there. The vigilantes are holding the local chief of police and eight state policemen hostage. Bruno Plácido Valerio, director of the Community Police of the Organized […]

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The opinion poll was conducted in February by Parametría. 800 households responded to the survey and 5 out of 10 people thought that the “community police” groups help the authorities fight crime. The first vigilante groups took up arms in Guerrero, but they can now be found in 12 other states: Sonora, Hidalgo, Chihuahua, Veracruz, […]

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