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TitleUSD’S TBI Releases Report on Drug Violence in Mexico
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659


Data and Analysis Through 2011
March 2012
By Cory Molzahn, Viridiana Ríos and David A. Shirk

This is the third annual special report on drug violence in Mexico by the Trans-Border Institute. The authors conduct a comprehensive analysis of available data sources that track drug related killings in Mexico. This report finds that, by the end of 2011, there were over 50,000 organized crime murders in Mexico documented by Mexican government and media sources. Such violence grew less sharply in 2011 than in the previous year, but now causes over half of all homicides and has spread to new states and municipalities throughout Mexico. Violence declined along the U.S.-Mexico border, moving south, and increasingly targets authorities, reporters, and vulnerable populations.

To read the full report, please visit us at

Dr. Shirk is available to media. Please call (619) 260-4659 with interview requests.


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