Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues


Leutert on the U.S.-Mexico Border

03 Feb 2017

Stephanie Leutert, the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative Fellow, recently co-wrote a post on Lawfare with Savitri Arvey titled “What Comes Next for Trump’s Border” as part of the “Beyond the Border” series that will provide an in depth look at security challenges in Mexico and Central America.

MSI Students Visit Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas

26 Jan 2017

On January 11, the Strauss Center’s Mexican Security Initiative sponsored a field trip visit to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, for students of its “Cartel Violence in Mexico” class. These students are currently engaged in the in-depth study of the security challenge posed by organized crime in Mexico and Central America,…

MSI Students Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

09 Jan 2017

Last December, the Strauss Center funded three MSI Policy Research Project students’ visit to El Paso, Texas to participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border led by Joint Task Force North (JTFN). These students had the opportunity to hear directly from Customs Border Patrol (CBP) leadership how CBP aims to foster commerce and enforce…

Sarosdy: Strauss Center could help Trump mend relationship with Mexico

09 Jan 2017

By any measure President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexico was extreme during the campaign. The day he announced he was running for president, he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… . They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Trump repeatedly promised to “build a wall and make Mexico pay…

Leutert on Violence in Mexico and Central America

10 Oct 2016

Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Fellow Stephanie Leutert recently joined Benjamin Wittes on a podcast for Lawfare‘s “Beyond the Border” series (sponsored by the Strauss Center) on the epidemic of violence plaguing Mexico and Central America. How bad is the violence in these countries? Why do the U.S. rarely consider violence in these countries to be…

Introducing “Beyond the Border” collaboration with Lawfare

20 Jul 2016

The Strauss Center is happy to announce the launch of the new series “Beyond the Border” at Lawfare. Our inaugural Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) Fellow Stephanie Leutert is the principal author of this project, which will focus on Mexico’s recent security issues (and occasionally, on similar challenges in Central America).

Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigration and Race Politics

27 Mar 2014

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Terri Givens participated in this year’s “Women’s History Month” at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her talk, “Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigration and Race Politics,” addressed the different aspects surrounding political integration of immigrant communities, particularly in countries like the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands….

Between the Law and Their Land: Afro-Brazilian Quilombo Communities’ Struggle for Land Rights

19 Sep 2011

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Strauss Center sponsored a human rights delegation to Brazil to examine the present situation of Brazil’s quilombo communities and their struggle for land rights.

Unfulfilled Promises and Persistent Obstacles to the Realization of the Rights of Afro-Colombians

19 Sep 2011

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, along with the Strauss Center, sponsored a fact-finding mission to Colombia to study Afro-Colombian human rights issues.  The mission produced a special report as well as a memorandum for Congress.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Participates in President’s Detainee Policy Task Force

25 Aug 2009

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Law School Professor Robert M. Chesney was on the front lines of the national debate on the detention and trial of terrorism suspects. Just after teaching his last class of the spring semester, Chesney traveled to Washington, DC, where he spent the next several months with the President’s…