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Status of Funds for the Merida Initiative
Status of Funds for the Merida Initiative

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By Jess T. Ford (au)
Year: 2009
Pages: 31
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437926398

Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated in recent years because of drug trafficking and related organized crime activities, with over 12,000 fatalities since 2006. At the same time, gang activity in Central America has increased, further fueling the violence within the region. In an effort to confront the challenges posed by criminal violence, in Oct. 2007, the U.S. and Mexico announced the Mérida Initiative, a $1.4 billion counternarcotics and anticrime assistance package for countries in the region. The Mérida Initiative brings a shift in both scale and scope to U.S. assistance to the region, particularly Mexico. For ex., under Mérida, the average annual counternarcotics and related law enforcement assistance to Mexico increased from about $57 million from 2000 through 2006 to $400 million for FY 2008. Similarly, collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico has intensified, providing an unprecedented opportunity to address the mutual threat of drug trafficking and organized crime affecting the region. In response to congressional concerns regarding the pace of assistance, this report provides information on the status of funding provided under the Mérida Initiative as of Sept. 30, 2009. Specifically, it describes how much has been appropriated, obligated, and expended. The report also identifies factors affecting the delivery of major equipment, services, and training; and provides a timeline of key events related to the initiative. Figures.

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