Merida Initiative Accords to Prevent Crime and Violence in Mexico
USA Diplomatic Mission to Mexico
of the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide funding over the next three
years to support local Mexican organizations working in the area of crime and violence prevention in Mexico. The funding is
part of the Merida Initiative, a historic cooperation mechanism that acknowledges the shared responsibilities of the United
States and Mexico to counter drug-fueled violence threatening citizens on both sides of the border.
USAID/Mexico is partnering with four local
organizations to support crime and violence prevention efforts in Mexico. The work by these organizations will focus
on two objectives: 1) Generating opportunities for at-risk youth to contribute productively in their communities; and, 2)
Supporting efforts to facilitate the replication of successful crime prevention models through strategic partnerships.
partners and their scope of work include:
Mexico will work in select communities in Monterrey to implement activities that will focus on empowering at-risk youth to
play a more productive role in their communities. This prevention model will work with youth to learn how to build healthy
relationships, acquire new life skills, and gain independence through social and economic entrepreneurship.
• Fundacion Mexicana de Apoyo Infantil will implement a school-based
violence prevention model to build greater peace and stability among at-risk youth in Tijuana, Monterrey, Culiacan, and Acapulco.
This activity will engage at-risk youth through formal education platforms and be implemented through workshops and participatory
activities in the schools as well as in the communities in order to reach youth that are outside the formal education system.
• Via Educacion, in partnership with RedSumaRSE, will strengthen
citizens’ ability to lead and manage community-based activities focused on crime and violence and strengthen alliances
among civil society organizations working toward crime and violence prevention in Monterrey.
• Reinserta will implement activities that will assist at-risk youth, previously
or currently incarcerated, in developing the skills, confidence, mental and physical health and positive social connections
necessary to live outside the penal system and play a productive role in their communities. The activity will work in targeted
delegations and detention centers in Mexico City.
USAID is the U.S. government agency in charge of managing cooperation and assistance
programs. USAID supports economic development, health, education, democracy, agriculture, conflict prevention and offers humanitarian
assistance in case of natural disaster. Under the Merida Initiative, USAID programs support strengthened rule of law and the
protection of human rights, as well as community-based initiatives to mitigate the impact of crime and violence.
Press release, Nov. 5, 2015, Embassy of the United States, Mexico City