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mexi 2In 2006, I served as the Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG). The Executive Director of CWAG, Karen White, asked me to meet with a delegation of law enforcement and prosecution officials from Mexico. I agreed to do so and learned of the extremely violent and difficult challenges facing my counterparts in Mexico. I agreed to go to Mexico and discuss possible solutions.

At that time, Mexico was in the midst of a constitutional change from a written inquisitorial, or Napoleonic, prosecutorial system to an adversarial system similar to that in the United States. The Mexican Attorneys General prosecute statewide, but, at that time, were not accustomed to conducting oral trials. Under the umbrella of the U.S. State Department, we entered into a series of protocols with prosecutors in Mexico that allowed us to exchange information and training. As a consequence, we formed the Alliance Partnership in which Idaho, and numerous other states Attorneys General, have hosted delegations of Mexican prosecutors and provided intensive training on how to conduct criminal trials.

My office has welcomed numerous delegations of Mexican prosecutors and law enforcement officials and I have hosted them at my home. My goal and our shared goal is to bolster the Mexican prosecutorial and judicial systems. That is precisely what the Alliance Partnership does. It provides an opportunity to create trusting relationships among prosecutors across international borders and provides training to Mexican prosecutors to bolster the Rule of Law. You can read about the Alliance Partnership here.

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