I am a Mexican doctoral student at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto.
I am a Mexican doctoral student at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Before coming to Canada, I worked in Mexico as an advisor for different international cooperation programs aimed at addressing Mexico’s security challenges. In particular, I helped coordinate projects with the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime, the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Canada. I have a Master's degree in International Security from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor’s degree from the CIDE, a Mexican center of research specialized in the fields of social science.
The rise of Mexican cartels can have ramifications in Canada that exceed drug-related problems commonly associated with them. Cartel activities can have a direct impact on immigration, human trafficking, money laundering and cybercrime in Canada.
The Caribbean resort district that straddles Highway 307 along the coastline of the Mayan Riviera has played an unusual role in the cartel war which has raged in Mexico for over a decade. The region's importance in the transnational underworld has transformed it into a prize coveted by the leading crime syndicates operating between Toronto and Medellin.