With the election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as Mexico’s next president, changes in the way the country is governed are expected. However, the challenges Mexico faces remain the same. Chief among them are reducing the influence of organized crime groups throughout the country, lowering unprecedented levels of violence, reducing the murder rate and fighting corruption — all while increasing economic welfare for roughly half of the Mexican population who currently live at or below the poverty level.
To examine these challenges, the Baker Institute Mexico Center hosted Genaro García Luna, former secretary of public security of Mexico, for a discussion on how the López Obrador administration can improve public safety and security, boost government accountability and increase social and economic welfare for its citizens. Garcia Luna presented the findings of his most recent book, “Security and Wellbeing: A New Institutional Model of Public Safety.”
A book signing followed the presentation. Copies of the book were available for advanced purchase through the event registration page. A limited number of copies also were available for purchase at the event via credit card only.
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6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation
Genaro García Luna is the CEO of GLAC Consulting. From 2006 to 2012, he was secretary of public security of Mexico. Prior to that role, he served as the head of the Federal Investigation Agency in the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico. He previously served as the intelligence coordinator for the Federal Police and as under secretary for antiterrorism and for counterintelligence in the National Security and Research Center of Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior. García Luna has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Security and Research Center’s Recognition of Excellence Award, Mexico’s Medal for Valor, the Order of Police Merit with Red Decoration from the government of Spain, the Award for Professional Service by the Mexico Chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and INTERPOL’s Silver Distinction. He has also been recognized by the FBI for investigation and fugitive arrests, by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for his valuable collaboration in 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.