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While Mexico is a modern democracy with a thriving economy, challenges related to crime and violence, rule of law, human rights, climate change, economic competitiveness and workforce development remain.

To address these challenges, USAID works with a broad array of public, private and non-governmental partners to support Mexican initiatives and priorities.

Seed Scholarships 2014
USAID, Secretariat of Public Education and Georgetown University representatives congratulate a young woman from an indigenous community in Chiapas who received a SEED Scholarship to attend an entrepreneurship program in the United States.


Crime and Violence Prevention

USAID supports the Government of Mexico’s efforts to improve citizen security through the development of crime prevention models that strengthen community resilience and address risk factors associated with youth involvement in crime and violence-related activities. The most successful approaches are replicated and expanded to other parts of the country with resources and investments from the Government of Mexico, the private sector, and other local and international organizations.

Download the Crime and Violence Prevention information sheet. [PDF, 141K]

Rule of Law

In 2008, the Government of Mexico approved a constitutional reform mandating the nation-wide adoption of a new oral adversarial criminal justice system, to improve the transparency, effectiveness, and efficiency of criminal justice proceedings while protecting due process, promoting assistance to crime victims, and strengthening human rights. Under the Merida Initiative, a strategy for regional security cooperation between Mexico and the United States, USAID’s current rule of law assistance supports the Government of Mexico, civil society, and other legal institutions to transition to the new oral adversarial criminal justice system.

Download the Rule of Law information sheet. [PDF, 173K]

Human Rights

USAID advances the protection of human rights and prevents abuses by providing technical assistance to the Mexican Government and strengthening civil society efforts on human rights protection, public outreach and awareness-raising of human rights violations at a national level. USAID promotes the incorporation of human rights-based approaches  into federal and state-level policies, and facilitates dialogue and engagement between the Government of Mexico and civil society on human rights issues.

Download the Human Rights information sheet. [PDF, 43K]

Global Climate Change

USAID supports national and subnational policy development to advance Mexican-led climate change initiatives. USAID supports Mexican efforts to remain committed to a low-carbon future through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and forestry, land-use and land-use change sectors. Further, USAID supports Mexico’s efforts to establish internationally robust systems for monitoring, reporting and verifying emission rates and reductions, strengthening policies and institutional and technical capacities, and creating a sustainable source of financial support for programs that help mitigate climate change. 

Download the Global Climate Change information sheet. [PDF, 57K]

Learn More

Download the USAID in Mexico Program Overview information sheet. [PDF, 138.9 kb]

Download the USAID Results in Mexico 2013 information sheet. [PDF, 121.1 kb]

Last updated: March 29, 2016

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