Beginning today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will attend a series of meetings with Mexican state and federal officials to share best practices regarding technology, information sharing and prosecution coordination. The annual meetings are organized by the Conference of Western Attorneys General and Colorado joins a delegation of that includes a bi-partisan delegation of attorneys general from California, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.
“Given Colorado’s historical and current ties to Mexico, we benefit from working together on mutual law-enforcement issues,” said Suthers. “I am happy to be back in Mexico for this annual exchange of information and ideas,” Suthers concluded.
The purpose of the trip is to enhance existing efforts to combat transnational organized-crime. Discussions will focus on what joint law enforcement actions may be taken to fight international money laundering and intellectual property crimes. The meetings will also focus on the ongoing battle against drug and human trafficking, cybercrimes and how technology advances can be part of the fight.
Over the next two days, the delegation will meet with:
- Mexico Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam
- President of the National Banking Commission Jaime Gonzalez Aguadé
- Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo
- General Director of the Mexico Institute of Industrial Property Miguel Margáin
- State attorneys general from Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Campeche, Distrito Federal, Zacatecas and Jalisco.
The U.S. western state attorneys general are part of an alliance partnership that has provided training to Mexican investigators and prosecutors to assist Mexico as it transitions its justice system from a wholly paper-based to and a trial-court system. It is expected that the revised system will help reduce corruption and improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Mexico.