“And the United States remains committed to helping the Mexican Government go after the cartels and organized crime and the corruption they generate….. Our goal is … to provide support and help to enable our Mexican friends and partners to be as successful as they are seeking to be. And we will continue, through the Merida Initiative, to provide significant support.” --Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Four Pillars of Merida:
The Merida Initiative is an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law. Based on principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect for sovereign independence, the two countries’ efforts have built confidence that is transforming the bilateral relationship.
Enhancing Citizen Safety
Beginning with the Merida Initiative and its expansion called “Beyond Merida,” the United States has forged strong partnerships to improve citizen safety in affected areas to fight drug trafficking, organized crime, corruption, illicit arms trafficking, money-laundering, and demand for drugs on both sides of the border.
Under “Beyond Merida,” bilateral efforts are being accelerated to support stronger democratic institutions, especially police, justice systems, and civil society organizations; to expand our border focus beyond interdiction of contraband to include facilitation of legitimate trade and travel; and to build strong and resilient communities able to withstand the pressures of crime and violence.
Merida Programs and Activities
The U.S. Congress has appropriated $1.5 billion since the Merida Initiative began in Fiscal Year 2008. Under the partnership;