Trans-Border Institute
Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123

Location: KIPJ Room 238
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Trans-Border Institute

About the Institute

Our Mission

The Trans-Border Institute helps to build sustainable peace in Mexico and the border region through research, outreach, and teaching.

Mexico is facing an acute crisis of violence and corruption, but also an historic opportunity for democratic participation and international collaboration.   How can we channel the energy that makes Mexico’s cultural and social dynamism a magnet for 20 million tourists and $20 billion in foreign investment each year into the resolution of chronic violence that has produced 100,000 deaths and 30,000 forced disappearances, and pushed Mexico to the bottom 12% of the Global Peace Index, next to Lebanon, Yemen, and Libya?  How do we get people in our region to see the ordinary Mexicans living through this maelstrom, not as passive victims or potential threats, but as determined survivors and potential partners?

Our Method

The Trans-Border Institute addresses this crisis and capitalizes on this opportunity by developing people.  Through teaching, collaborative research, and public outreach, we empower our students and partners on both sides of the border to come up with their own solutions.  Leveraging our expertise, we engage students in the protection of the most vulnerable populations, training the next generation of peacebuilders in Mexico, and promoting innovative local alternatives to the war on drugs and the militarization of the border.