The Merida Initiative

The Mérida Initiative is a security cooperation initiative between the United States and the government of Mexico and the countries of Central America proposed by the Bush Administration with the aim of combating the threats of drug trafficking and transnational crime. It was announced on 22 October 2007 in a joint statement by U.S. President Bush and Mexican President Calderón. It asks the U.S. Congress to appropriate $550 million in an emergency supplemental bill for FY08 for military and law enforcement training and equipment, as well as technical advice and training to strengthen the national justice systems. This would be the initial disbursement of a multi-year $1.4 billion program.

This is the official document repository for the Initiative.

MX Fact Sheet: INICIATIVA MÉRIDA: Un Nuevo Paradigma de Cooperación en Materia de Seguridad [Haz clic aqui]
US Fact Sheet: The Merida Initiative: United States – Mexico – Central America Security Cooperation [Click here]
US Fact Sheet: Joint Statement on the Merida Initiative: A New Paradigm for Security Cooperation [Click here]
US Fact Sheet: Testimony Before the Senate Committee On Foreign Relations [Click here]