The coronavirus pandemic has led many nations to enforce social distancing measures and has caused economies to slow, markets to dive and governments to modify their budgets. However, little attention has been given to the effects of the crisis on organized crime in Mexico. Has the pandemic restrained drug trafficking or human smuggling? Has the partial border shutdown between the United States and Mexico affected illegal flows as much as it is affecting legal flows? How is the pandemic impacting cartel-related violence? The Center for the United States and Mexico hosted a panel of experts to answer these and other key questions and to discuss the implications for governments and law enforcement.
11:00 a.m. — Presentation
11:30 a.m. — Q&A
Gary J. Hale
Nonresident fellow in Drug Policy and Mexico studies, Baker Institute; Former Chief of Intelligence, DEA Houston Field Division
Nathan P. Jones, Ph.D.
Nonresident scholar in Drug Policy and Mexico studies, Baker Institute; Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies;
Director of the Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute