David Shirk Receives Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

David Shirk, PhD, Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Justice in Mexico Project, has been awarded a two-year $225,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support a major survey of Mexican judges in Mexico, in anticipation of the country's transition to oral adversarial trial proceedings to improve judicial transparency and efficiency.

This past month, Justice in Mexico completed its training of more than 280 law faculty and students at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with funding from the U.S. State Department. Justice in Mexico also released its annual Drug Violence in Mexico report, co-authored by Dr. Shirk with Cory Molzahn and USD alumna Kimberly Heinle (featured by the New York Times, USA Today and the San Diego Union-Tribune), and published a ground-breaking survey of the Tijuana police department. In addition, with USD Alumna Maritza Rodriguez, Law Student Harper Otawka, and USD Student Gloria Gaona, the Justice in Mexico's pro bono expert testimony helped win two cases for individuals seeking asylum in the United States.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.