ONLINE EVENT: Militarization in Mexico – A discussion of the Future of Security, Human Rights, and Civil-Military Relations


The Inter-American Dialogue and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) cordially invite you to the following event on militarization in Mexico.

Prior to taking office in 2018, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to transform the failed security strategy of his two predecessors, who had relied on deploying Mexico’s military in internal policing tasks. However, López Obrador has instead deepened militarization both within and beyond the realm of public security.

In September 2022, Mexico’s Congress approved the president’s proposal to make the National Guard—Mexico’s already-militarized federal police force—part of the Ministry of Defense (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, Sedena). As a result, federal policing tasks will now be carried out exclusively by the armed forces. In October 2022, Mexico’s Congress approved a constitutional reform to extend direct army and navy deployment in policing tasks until 2028.

During the panel, we will discuss both the efficacy and the implications of the militarization of law enforcement, which is a trend across much of the region.


  • What has been the impact of the militarization of public security since President Felipe Calderón turned to the military to fight crime in 2006?
  • What are the impacts on democracy and human rights?
  • What are the alternatives to indefinite troop employment?

Follow the event on Twitter at MilitarizationInMexico@The_Dialogue, and @WOLA_org

We invite participants to submit questions using the Q&A function in Zoom OR to email questions to 

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be available on Zoom.


Rebecca Bill Chavez

President & CEO, Inter-American Dialogue (@RebeccaBillChav)


Lisa Sánchez

Director, Mexico United against Crime (MUCD)

Santiago Aguirre

Director, Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Center Prodh)

Sara Velázquez

Investigator, Drug Policy Program, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)


Stephanie Brewer

Director for Mexico, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)


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