The new and expanded Transborder Institute Justice in Mexico report is now onlineHere is the introductory information and links to the full report. It will be be very interesting to review their data and analysis and I hope other frontera list readers will comment.  For starters, it is nice to see in their introduction, a paragraph that reflects my reporting on the Frontera List going back to July 2011 when I first realized that we had to look at the INEGI numbers to count ALL homicides, not just those supposedly related to organized crime.  I believe this is the FIRST report from the TBI to do that. And indeed, this paragraph reflects the numbers that have been reported here continuously since mid-2011 and in articles such as:
Mexican Death Toll in Drug War Likely Higher Than Reported

Fueled by War on Drugs, Mexican Death Toll Could Exceed 120,000 As Calderon Ends Six-Year Reign
Also excerpted below is the chart “Comparing Criteria for Classifying Homicides Linked to Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime” found on page 11 of the report. I haven’t read it in detail yet to see if it is cited, but it was in August 2012 that the Mexican government itself said in an interview with REFORMA that these criteria were not valid and would no longer be used because they were not in anyway applied uniformly by police or other law enforcement authorities anywhere in the country.  I continue to insist (as I did in a presentation at a conference at the TBI in June 2010) that it is impossible to accurately determine the causes or perpetrators of murders since the Mexican government itself admitted then and later that 95% of the crimes were not investigated.  I hope that now that these numbers are presented by the Transborder Institute in its continuing series of excellent publications that the mainstream media will start reporting the real death toll of the ongoing violence in Mexico.  I hope to find more interesting details in the report and will post later and I hope other readers will too.  Molly Molloy

[Excerpt from Introduction]:

However, under President Calderón, the number of overall homicides annually increased more than two and a half times from 10,452 in 2006 to 27,213 in 2011, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, INEGI). During the first five full years of Calderón’s term—from 2007 through 2011—INEGI reported 95,646 people killed, an average of 19,129 per year, or more than 50 people per day. By these measures, there was a 24% average annual increase in overall homicides during the Calderón administration. Calculating that overall homicides appear to have dropped by roughly 5-10% in 2012, our estimate is that the total number of homicides during the Calderón administration was likely around 120,000 to 125,000 people killed, depending on whether INEGI or the National System of Public Security (Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública, SNSP) data are used. (emphasis added)

About virginiaisaad

Virginia is a journalist based in Los Angeles who's written for publications including Los Angeles magazine, Upworthy, and Elite Daily. She was born in Argentina and raised in the San Fernando Valley along with her three siblings. Fun fact: She took a Chicanas and Feminism course with Eva Longoria while studying for her master's in mass communication at California State University, Northridge. Follow her on Twitter @virginiaisaad

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