Congressman Sam Farr hosts a monthly Congressional briefing series called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diverse array of perspectives to highlight emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. Prior panelists include Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Maura O’Neil, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID; and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.


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Upcoming Briefing:

The State of US-Mexico Relations

10:00 - 11:00 am
Tuesday, March 24th
Congressional Meeting Room North
Capitol Visitors Center
The US and Mexico have a deeply intertwined relationship.
  • The two countries share a 2,000-mile border and $1.4 billion in two-way trade;
  • Mexico is our third largest petroleum importer; and
  • Since FY08, the US has directed some $2.5 billion to Mexico through the Merida Initiative, a counterdrug and anticrime assistance package.
At the same time, security, migration, and human rights remain key issues for the US and Mexico. Violence and criminality have persisted in Mexico, enabled by a weak criminal justice system and high rates of impunity.
The fragile state of citizen security is evidenced by over 25,000 cases of forced disappearances since 2006 and the violence inflicted on Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the US border.
With President Peña Nieto beginning his third year in office, comprehensive energy sector reforms under way, and continued concerns about rule of law in Mexico, now is an important time to assess the state of US-Mexico relations. 
Please join Congressman Farr to discuss the implications of these issues on the state of US-Mexico relations.
Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jennifer Johnson
Senior Associate
Latin America Working Group
Patricia Escamilla-Hamm
Independent Scholar & Consultant
Clare R. Seelke
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service