One of Mexico’s greatest challenges is the absence of the rule of law, which has fostered corruption, poor government transparency and violations of fundamental rights. As a result, public safety and security are a growing concern, and 2017 is poised to be the most violent year on record in nearly a century. At this event, Genaro García Luna, former secretary of public security for Mexico, looked beyond crime statistics to discuss the state of the country’s public safety and security.
11:00 am — Registration and reception
11:30 am — Presentation
Welcome and Introduction
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center
Genaro García Luna is a former secretary of public security of Mexico, a post he held from 2006 to 2012. He previously served as head of the Federal Investigation Agency in Mexico’s Attorney General’s office. He also served as the intelligence coordinator for the Federal Police and as undersecretary for antiterrorism and for counterintelligence in the Ministry of the Interior’s National Security and Research Center (NSRC). García Luna has been recognized by the FBI for investigations and fugitive arrests, by the Drug Enforcement Administration for collaborating on the fight against drug trafficking and by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the binational initiative, “Foreign Currency Contraband.” He is the author of “Against Crime: Why the 1,661 police corporations are not enough. Past, Present and Future of the Police in Mexico,” (2006) and “The New Security Model for Mexico” (2011). Garcia Luna received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and an MBA from the University of Miami.
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University