Andrea Sanchez Mercado

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México Evalúa - Justice Program

Research Profile

Prior to beginning my graduate studies I researched best practices on combatting organized crime (specifically trafficking in persons, hydrocarbon theft, and money laundering) and human rights abuses (enforced disappearances and torture) for the Mexican federal government.

During my graduate studies I have focused on the Mexican War on Drugs and researched the use of military resources to fight cartels (comparing the Mexican, Brazilian, and U.S. cases of use of the military for domestic law enforcement), illicit economies in Latin America, the rise of vigilante groups in Southern Mexico, and corruption and its links to satisfaction with institutions and crimes such as the murder of journalists. I am currently writing my master's final project on the lessons learned from past peace accords or negotiations between governments and armed groups that could be applicable in the Mexican context.

I currently research criminal justice issues at México Evalúa.

Latin America, Brazil, Mexico
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese