The new cumulative data bulletin from Instituto Nacional de Estadistica e Geografia (INEGI) was released on July 25, 2019, covering 2009-2018, total homicide data from Mexico. The full bulletin is online here:
Below is a table of summary data from 2007-present. The numbers for 2007-2018 are from INEGI; the figure for January-June 2019 is from the SESNSP:
The INEGI data is released each year at this time and I’ve saved and compiled it since about 2008. The preliminary data on Mexican homicides is released each month from a different agency, the SESNSP which reports homicides from procuradoras or fiscalias (state prosecutors’ offices) in each Mexican state. The INEGI data is gathered and reported from medical legal investigators offices in all of the states, compiling data from death certificates listing homicide as cause of death. So the two data sources are not exactly comparable. The INEGI data is generally considered the most valid.
Since I started tracking this about 10 years ago, the INEGI data has usually been higher than the preliminary SESNSP figures. For example, the SESNSP reported a total of 33,523 homicides in Mexico in 2018; the new INEGI data reports 35,964 for the same period. This new data shows that the increase in homicides from 2017-2018 was much higher than previously reported.
In addition to the raw numbers, the INEGI report shows the murder rate (# of homicides per 100,000 people) for the nation and for each state in Mexico. Between 2017 and 2018, the murder rate jumped from 26 to 29. It is significant to note that in 2011–the most violent year of the so-called “war on drugs”–the murder rate in Mexico was 24.
Adding in the estimate of January-June 2019 homicides from the SESNSP, the official number of victims for the past 12.5 years is now approaching 300,000. On average from 2007-June 2019, more than 65 people have been murdered each day in Mexico. During 2019, on average, 99 people per day were murdered in Mexico. This figure DOES NOT include any of the estimated 40,000 people reported missing and/or disappeared in Mexico. molly molloy
New statistics from the National Public Security system were released yesterday, including the numbers of homicide and feminicide victims January – May 2019 in Mexico. Homicides increased in the month of May after a small decrease in April. So far this year, there have been about 14,500 intentional homicides; the number includes murders categorized as feminicides. This is an average of 96 murder victims each day in Mexico.
In the article below from Animal Politico, the number of homicides from December 2018 is included, in order to provide the total murders since the beginning of Lopez Obrador’s term in office = 17,498. An average of nearly 3,000 homicides each month.
As I’ve noted before, I am not certain that the number of feminicidios is in addition to the other homicidios dolosos or if it is included in the larger number. There is a special definition of feminicidio as a gender-specific crime. Animal Politico adds the feminicidios to the total.
The source for these numbers is the Secretariados Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica, an agency of the Secretaria de Gobernacion. You can access these data and other statistics here:
The total number of victims of homicidio doloso (intentional homicide) for January was 2,853. This comes to an average of 92 victims per day. There were 304 female homicide victims, 10 per day, or 10.6 percent of the total homicide victims.
The SESNSP statistics also record 75 victims of feminicidio. This is (I believe) a subset of the total of 304 female victims in which the prosecutors have determined that the woman was murdered because of her gender. The article in El Universal discusses the confusing nature of this way of classifying victims. The article quotes Maria de la Luz Estrada, coordinator of the National Citizens Observatory of Feminicide: “The authorities often designate many homicides as related to organized crime and those are simply not investigated…thus the numbers (of feminicides) tend to be lower.”
The numbers reported do indicate a slight increase in the percentage of homicide victims who are women, and an overall increase in the number of homicides nationwide in Mexico.
According to the data for all of 2018 reported here:
According to El Diario there were 95 homicides in Juarez during February 2019. In January there were 108 homicides so the total now for the year is 203. The article also provides a figure of more than 5,000 homicides statewide in Chihuahua dating from October 2016 when the administration of Governor Javier Corral began. The city of Juarez accounts for about HALF of the total homicides in the state of Chihuahua.
On average, 3.4 people have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez each day in 2019. There were a total of 1,259 murders in Juarez during 2018, an average of 3.4 murder victims per day.
Also below, El Diario reported the first homicide of March which occurred at about 12:20 am on March 1, 2019.
It may be worth noting again in terms of the Trump rhetoric of chaos and violence at the border, that the cities on the US side of the border have low homicide rates.
El Paso recently reported 23 homicides during 2018, and an average of 16 murders per year during the past decade.
The city announced on Friday that 2018 saw the lowest crime rate in 34 years, just as President Donald Trump has recently called the current state of the southwest border a national security crisis. There were no homicides in McAllen last year. There was the fewest number of robberies and aggravated assaults on record.
Van 203 en el año en Juárez y más de 5 mil en el estado en administración de Corral
El Diario de Juárez
Viernes, 01 Marzo 2019 | 06:00
El Mes De Febrero Cerró Con 95 Homicidios Dolosos Ocurridos En Ciudad Juárez, Que Representan Un Incremento Del 121 Por Ciento Respecto Al Mismo Mes Del Año Pasado, Cuando Hubo 43, De Acuerdo Con La Estadística De La Fiscalía Zona Norte.
La cifra, sumada a las 108 víctimas de enero, alcanza los 203 asesinatos en el 2019 al cierre de esta edición, mientras que en el mismo período del 2018 el registro oficial fue de 99 casos.
And the first victim of March 2019…killed at 12:20 am on March 1…
El Diario reports that 6 people were murdered in Juarez yesterday in the space of 4 hours in the afternoon and evening. The killings took place in different neighborhoods and the police have not reported any arrests of persons responsible.
Also below, yesterday, El Diario reported that there had been a total of 138 homicides in 2019. There were 109 in January, so with the 6 people killed yesterday, the current homicide toll for February is about 35 victims in 11 days; a total of about 144 in 2019–an average of about 3.4 people per day.
In yesterday’s article, the spokesperson for the Fiscalia commented on the changing tactics of the killers (sicarios) over the 11 years of hyperviolence that began in 2008. He said that in earlier years, the killers tended to drive large luxury vehicles and primarily used AK-47 rifles. Now, the majority of the perpetrators drive smaller vehicles (usually stolen) and use 9mm pistols and fewer rifles. Though, the long weapons involved in recent killings are known to be restricted to the military. The spokesman said the majority of the weapons come from the US. No evidence for this is provided. molly molloy
La racha de homicidios inició minutos después de las 5:00 de la tarde al ser reportada la ejecución de hombre
El Diario de Juárez
Martes, 12 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez- Seis hombres fueron ejecutados ayer durante la tarde y noche –en un lapso de cuatro horas– en diferentes colonias y fraccionamientos de la ciudad, sin que la Policía reportara la detención de los responsables.
La racha de homicidios inició minutos después de las 5:00 de la tarde al ser reportada la ejecución de hombre, aparentemente chofer de Uber, en las calles Tepehuanes y Emilia Pérez Payan de la colonia Independencia.
Dejan autos de lujo y ‘cuernos de chivo’ por vehículos robados y armas de uso exclusivo del Ejército
Lunes, 11 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez— Hombres jóvenes, con armas de uso exclusivo del Ejército, a bordo de vehículos recién robados o con placas rojas, son los principales sicarios de Ciudad Juárez, según datos de la Fiscalía General del Estado en la Zona Norte (FGE).
Aproximadamente, el 80 por ciento de los homicidios que se cometen en esta frontera son entre pandillas criminales, que utilizan en su mayoría “armas calibre 9 mm, y también armas largas pero es muy poco”, dijo su vocero, Alejandro Ruvalcaba.
Pero después de 11 años de enfrentamientos entre los grupos del crimen organizado, y más de 15 mil víctimas, la forma de matar en esta ciudad ha cambiado.
I heard the author of this piece (posted below), Christy Thornton, on Democracy Now today. She presents an original and incisive analysis, both in her essay and in the Democracy Now interview… For so long, I have cringed at the coverage of Mexico’s human rights catastrophe presented as a drug war telenovela. So much popular journalism presents this disaster that has cost the lives of at least 300,000 people, as a series of gory and funny anecdotes that depict the violence in Mexico as the product of “kingpins” and their entitled “juniors” who behave as evil clowns and spoiled rich kids. This story should not be about the perpetrators, but about the hundreds of thousands of victims who are criminalized at the moment of their deaths. A lot of the mainstream coverage of these tales gets converted into the fictions of novels, movies, TV series’ that now @realdonaldtrump spews back at us as his warped reality… https://www.vox.com/2019/1/27/18198729/women-duct-tape-trump-truck-border And: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/17/trumps-stories-taped-up-women-smuggled-into-us-are-divorced-reality-experts-say/?utm_term=.ee992d8b604d
El Chapo’s trial continues this week, brimming with sordid tales of kingpins and cartels. But what the media spectacle can’t justify is a failing “war on drugs” that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Over the first three days of February there were 15 homicides in Juarez. Added to the total for January of 108, there have now been 123 people murdered in the city in 2019. The dead include 4 bodies exhumed from a clandestine burial on Saturday along the Casa Grandes highway during a police search of the desert area. molly molloy
Fueron encontrados en una fosa clandestina durante un rastreo
El Diario de Juárez
Lunes, 04 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez— Elementos de la Fiscalía Zona Norte localizaron cuatro cadáveres en una fosa clandestina cerca de la carretera a Casas Grandes durante un rastreo efectuado el pasado sábado, informó la dependencia.
in which “John Galton” makes this deathly false assumption about the relative dangers of violence in Chicago and Acapulco…
A participant in last year’s events mourned Galton’s death — suggesting that he had been targeted by cartels because he was competing with them — but said he was not afraid to return to the resort town in the state of Guerrero, which had a homicide rate in 2017 of 64.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than twice that of Chicago.
“You gotta have common sense about it, but I’d say it’s safer than any big city I’ve lived in in the U.S., like way safer than Chicago or something like that,” Galton said in the March 2017 interview, titled “John and Lily on the Run.”
Never a dull moment. This news came out last night. I listened to Trump’s interview on CBS NEWS “Face the Nation” yesterday and he blamed Pelosi for careless spending and for somehow fomenting the ruination of the US because of the “invasion” of people across the border… He also spoke again of all the traffickers and women, though I don’t recall any mention of tape… At least for now, the large groups of Central Americans who arrive in southern New Mexico immediately turn themselves in to the Border Patrol, and many are in need of medical care.
See (and listen) below a report on medical care for people crossing in rural areas of New Mexico from Mallory Falk at KRWG.
This forces us to ask: how much medical care for residents AND immigrants could be provided in rural areas of the border for the amount of tax-dollars spent on razor wire, wall, and troops? molly molloy
A growing number of asylum seekers are crossing the border in the remote, southwest corner of New Mexico known as the Bootheel. Some need medical attention, and regional hospitals and clinics are tasked with taking on their care.
Medical services are hard to come by in the Bootheel, where migrants often arrive in need of care.
ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – Half a dozen children gazed up at the camera, their eyes wide beneath hats and hoodies, hands buried in their pockets or nuzzled in the necks of their mothers. Floodlights illuminated some faces and left others in darkness.
It was after midnight in New Mexico’s remote Bootheel region, and with the temperature hovering near freezing, a Border Patrol agent snapped the photo. Nearly 150 miles away, the tiny emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City – the nearest 24-hour hospital – was on notice. Some of the children would need medical care for illness, others for injury.