FBI Aided Mexican Authorities to Investigate Missing Iguala Students

Over the weekend, several Spanish-language outlets reported that the FBI assisted Mexican officials in the investigation of the #Ayotzinapa case in Iguala.

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According to reports, Sergio Alcocer, Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America, said that FBI agents traveled to Mexico just days after the disappearances occurred to provide forensics assistance. Alcocer said that the FBI’s help was a result of the Mérida Initiative, which the State Department describes as a “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.” Critics of the Mérida Initiative say that the plan has does more harm than good for Mexico.

The Spanish-language stories also quoted Jesús Murillo Karam, Mexico’s Attorney General (you know, the “Ya Me Cansé” guy) said that FBI came to oversee the forensic investigation. Last week, news broke that “Mexico’s federal police collaborated with local forces in the September attack on 43 students whose disappearance and presumed killings have led to mass protests in the country.”

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