Sending Office: Honorable Keith Ellison
Supported by: Global Exchange; Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights; Latin America Working Group; Americas Program; Washington Office on Latin America; Witness for Peace; and American Friends Service Committee
Current cosigners: Ellison, Grijalva, McGovern, Blumenauer, Pocan, Lowenthal, Gutiérrez, Schakowsky, Lee
We invite you to join us in calling on the Department of State and Department of Defense to conduct a full and public evaluation of U.S. security assistance and arms sales to Mexico and suspend any U.S. financing of armed forces involvement in Mexico’s public
We believe that the protection of human rights and civilian security should be fundamental goals in the United States bilateral agenda with Mexico, and are concerned that U.S. funds may be perpetuating cycles of violence and enabling human rights violations
The full text of the letter is below. If you have questions or would like to sign onto this letter, please email Brieana Marticorena with Rep. Ellison’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Keith Ellison Raúl M. Grijalva
Dear Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis,
We write to urge you to conduct a full and public assessment of U.S. security assistance to Mexico. We are concerned that U.S. funds may be furthering cycles of violence and enabling human rights violations by the Mexican military.
The Mexican government has deployed tens of thousands of Mexican soldiers in its counter-drug efforts. These armed forces are trained for warfare rather than for police duties, as confirmed by Mexican Defense Secretary General Salvador Cienfuegos.1
The use of Mexican military forces in the war on drugs has also resulted in a dramatic increase in human rights violations, including torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial executions. Fewer than four percent of Mexican investigations of abuses
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto institutionalized this militarized approach by signing the Internal Security Law in December 2017. This law enables the military to intervene in domestic criminal investigations and limits access to information regarding
Between 2008 and 2017, the State Department appropriated more than $465.9 million to Mexico’s armed forces through foreign military financing.4 In the last decade, the Department of Defense provided Mexico with more than $550 million in counter-drug
Protection of human rights and civilian security should be fundamental goals in the United States bilateral agenda with Mexico. We urge you to suspend any U.S. financing of armed forces involvement in Mexico’s public security operations and focus on supporting
We urge you to conduct a full and public evaluation of the Merida Initiative, U.S. security aid and arms sales to Mexico to inform future funding decisions and ensure that U.S. security aid and trade do not support further human rights violations and violence.
We appreciate your consideration of this request.
Members of Congress
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