Almost 10 years after the Mexican government first deployed federal armed forces to combat organized crime, the Mexican people have suffered as atrocities and impunity reign. Based on three years of research conducted in close cooperation with other Mexican human rights organizations, the Open Society Justice Initiative’s new report, Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes Against Humanity in Mexicoexamines the devastating toll of drug-related violence in Mexico.

The report finds a reasonable basis to believe that since 2006 federal security forces and members of criminal cartels have perpetrated killings, enforced disappearances, and torture on a widespread and systematic scale—amounting to crimes against humanity—and comprehensively examines why there has been so little accountability for these crimes.

Join us for the Washington, D.C., launch of Undeniable Atrocities on November 1. Representatives of the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Diocesan Center for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios will discuss the report’s findings and recommendations, as well as the future prospects for accountability in Mexico.


  • Ina Zoon is a policy officer for Open Society Justice Initiative.
  • Michael Chamberlin is deputy director and representative of families of disappeared persons at Diocesan Center for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios.
  • Juan Mendez is professor of human rights law in residence at the American University Washington College of Law and former UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment.
  • James L. Cavallaro is president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • Rachel Neild (moderator) is senior advisor on ethnic profiling and police reform with the Open Society Justice Initiative/

This event will take place in Spanish, with simultaneous English translation. Copies of the report (in both Spanish and English) will be available. Refreshments will be provided.

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