Latin America on the Rise

Congressman Sam Farr hosts a monthly Congressional briefing series called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diverse array of perspectives to highlight emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. Prior panelists include Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Maura O’Neil, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID; and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.


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Upcoming Briefing:

Mexico At A Crossroads
10:00 Am, Tuesday, September 30th
Congressional Meeting Room North
Capitol Visitors Center
Mexico is at the intersection of shifting financial, security, and human rights conditions. With the second largest economy in Latin America, the country has recently experienced modest economic growth. President Enrique Peña Nieto hopes to accelerate the upward trend with implementation of his broad energy reforms, which follow on the heels of sweeping education, telecommunications, fiscal, and political reforms enacted during his first year.
At the same time, security and human rights challenges persist. Mexico is a transit country for the surge of Central American children, a population particularly vulnerable to kidnapping, extortion, and trafficking at the hands of Mexican criminal groups and corrupt authorities. The uptick in unaccompanied Central American children further foments a volatile security landscape populated by powerful organized crime groups and a weak judicial system. While President Peña Nieto outlined a December 2012 “Mexico in Peace” strategy, challenges remain in promoting citizen security and keeping the peace.
Please join Congressman Farr at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 30th to discuss the intersecting economic, security, and human rights situation in Mexico.
Shannon O’Neil
Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies
Council on Foreign Relations
Doris Meissner
Senior Fellow & Director, US Immigration Policy Program
Migration Policy Institute
Inigo Guevara Moyano
Defense & Security Analyst
Former Adviser to Mexico's National Security Council
Clare Ribando Seelke
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service