About the Trans-Border Institute

A people-first approach to peace.

The Border Challenge

Each year millions of tourists visit Mexico to experience its vibrant culture and natural beauty—as a result, the country receives $20 billion in foreign investment. Mexican universities, artists, diplomats and entrepreneurs are some of the best in the world, and the border region is one of the most dynamic in both countries. But a booming economy and dynamic culture hasn't solved the country's ongoing crises of violence and corruption. Since the intensification of the present drug war in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed, 30,000 have been forcibly disappeared and at least 250,000 have been forced from their homes. The U.S. response has been to double-down on the same failed policies in place for the last forty years, and to reinforce a set of ugly stereotypes. It's time to speed up peacebuilding efforts and show the world how Mexico's people are not victims but survivors and partners determined to reclaim their home.

Our Mission

Build sustainable peace in Mexico and the border region through research, outreach and teaching.

Our Method

We empower our students and partners on both sides of the border to develop their own solutions to violence and corruption. Our approach combines teaching, collaborative research and public outreach to engage students in protecting the most vulnerable populations. We encourage alternatives to the war on drugs and the militarization of the border. The path to peace doesn't have to include brute force.