Struggles for Peace in Mexico: Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean Program Conference

April 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Hall (S020)
1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rachel Murray Crawford

Recent Report from the Colegio de México

Over the last decade, Mexico has become an epicenter of criminal violence in the region, and this side of the story is regularly reported in the news. Less attention has been paid to the struggles for peace. In this conference, we will discuss two initiatives undertaken by the “Seminar on Violence and Peace” of El Colegio de Mexico (ColMex). This activity is part of an ongoing effort by DRCLAS, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Seminar to build a network of scholars from ColMex and Harvard interested in these issues.


Conference Schedule:

1:30 PM: Introductory Remarks
Ned Strong, Executive Director, DRCLAS
Sergio Aguayo, ​El Colegio de Mexico; Visiting Scholar, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

2:00 PM: Panel 1: In Search of Empathy between Officials and Victims of Criminal Violence in Mexico

One of the problems associated with the conflict is the mistrust between the victims of violence and Mexican government institutions. To address that problem, in 2016, the “Seminar on Violence and Peace” and the National Human Rights Commission organized a pilot course for public officials and victims. In this course, a methodology was tested with the goal of generating a model to be used in similar courses. The results will be presented and discussed.

Speakers: Laura Flamand and Sinaia Urrusti-Frenk, El Colegio de México.
Discussants: Sofya Dolutskaya, Mexican Human Rights Commission, and Jocelyn Viterna,  Department of Sociology. Harvard University.

3:30 PM: Break

4:00 PM: Panel 2: The Struggles for Peace in Ten Mexican States

In 2016, the “Seminar on Violence and Peace,” the National Human Rights Commission, the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), and the Belisario Domínguez Institute (Mexican Senate) organized a three-day conference about the cultures of violence and peace in ten Mexican states. The findings will be presented in this panel.

Speaker: Froylan Enciso, CIDE and El Colegio de México
Discussants: Gerardo Esquivel, Instituto Belisario Domínguez (Mexican Senate), and Kattryn Sikkink, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

5:30 PM: Closing Remarks
Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, FXB Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

5:45PM: Reception

Read about a recent report from FXB fellow, Sergio Aguayo and his team at the Colegio de México; the report urges justice for Mexican victims of drug-trade mass killings.