December 2015

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Binational Attorney General Exchange
8 US and 25 Mexico state Attorneys General participated in a Binational Attorney General Exchange in Mexico City, Mexico, October 12-13. Meetings included Mexico's Federal Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez, Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Medina Mora, and SETEC head Maria de los Angeles Fromow Rangel, and touched on subjects including criminal justice reforms in Mexico, gaming regulations, telecommunications as related to law enforcement, and kidnapping and migrant protection.
Forum on Oral Trials in Puebla
Attorney General Victor Carrancá Bourget inaugurated the October 9th "Forum on Oral Trials: A New Way of Doing Justice in Puebla," gathering some 250 members of the Puebla legal community to learn about oral trials from experienced US litigators, and observe a mock trial enacted by personnel from the Attorney General's Office.
Oregon Attorney General Visits Guanajuato
November 2-4th CWAG staff traveled with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to Guanajuato for a series of meetings with Guanajuato Attorney General Carlos Zamarripa and members of the Attorney General's Office and Public Security Offices. Generals Rosenblum and Zamarripa started the day with a private meeting and signing of an MOU between their two states, followed by a tour of the AGO campus that Zamarripa has created. Of special interest was the "quick response" initiatives that the AGO is undertaking to engage the community, build trust between the public and law enforcement, and address people's needs in the field and at various stations throughout the city in the hopes to see an increase of crime reporting so that investigations and prosecutions can be conducted. The AGs then visited Public Security's C5I Command Center - a state of the art center for monitoring citywide cameras and dispatching law enforcement to crimes in progress. Alvar Cabeza de Vaca, head of Public Security, met with the Attorneys General to provide an overview of the state's efforts to protect their citizens.
Instructor Spotlight: Ken Jones Retires
Criminalist Ken Jones recently retired from the Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau after more than 25 years of service. Ken, a frequent contributor to CWAG training sessions on a variety of investigative techniques, is now a Public Safety Group Training and Service Operations Manager with Leica GeoSystems. CWAG thanks Ken for his enthusiasm and support, and wishes him all the best in his new position.
Kay Winfree Featured in Latin American Advisor
Frequent CWAG instructor Kay Winfree, partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and former Maryland Chief Deputy Attorney General, contributed to the Latin American Advisor's featured Q&A "Do New Reforms Make Mexico's Courts More Fair?" along with distinguished observers Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, coordinator of the Justice in Mexico program at the University of San Diego; David A. Shirk, associate professor and director of the master of arts program in international relations at the University of San Diego; and Ernesto Canales, founding partner at Canales y Socios Abogados, S.C. in Monterrey, Mexico. Check out her comments here.

CWAG Alliance Partnership Programs

The CWAG Alliance Partnership facilitates collaboration between U.S. and Mexican state Attorneys General's Offices. Available services include:
  • Contacts Database
    • Comprehensive, sortable contact information for people involved with AP trainings, meetings and events
  • Quick-Response Contact Information
    • Direct contacts within the U.S. and Mexican AGO's for help on specific cases
  • Case Consulting
    • Help with case preparation, from investigation to presentation in court, by a U.S. criminal prosecutor experienced in oral trials
  • Office Reviews/Efficiency Audits
    • A team of experts observes and advises on processes and procedures, to help address a specific issue or give a general perspective
  • Best Practices Consulting
    • Experienced professionals share hard-earned knowledge about issues in administration of justice

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Issue: 2015-4
In This Issue
Video-Seminars: What Topics Would You Like to See? 

In 2015, CWAG offered interesting, informative videoconferences on the subjects of Legal Argumentation, Plea Bargaining and Electronically-Stored Evidence. What topics would you like to see addressed this year? Please take our survey!
Plea Bargaining Seminar 

On November 12th, a Special Topic Seminar on Plea Bargaining was streamed live from the Utah Attorney General's Office to over 1,100 unique viewers in Mexico. Resolution of cases prior to trial is imperative, but there is often a mistrust or negative perception of pleading down a case in Mexico. This seminar discussed both the procedure for terminating a case with a plea, and the social and administrative utility of early case termination as well. The video recording is available for viewing here.
Human Trafficking Seminar 

On November 13th, more than 250 members of Mexico's legal community joined us for a special webinar presentation, "Human Trafficking: Anti-trafficking Efforts in Utah and Latin America," with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Matt Osborne, Senior Vice President for Rescue Missions, of Operation Underground Railroad. The video recording is available here.

Operation Underground Rescue is seeking to connect with Mexican state Attorneys Generals' Office who may wish assistance with setting up a Human Trafficking sting to liberate the victims and put the traffickers behind bars. To connect with Matt Osborne about collaborating, please email him directly at (Matt is bilingual).
Presentation of Electronically Stored Evidence Seminar 

On December 9, 2015, the Special Topic Seminar: The Presentation of Electronically Stored Evidence at Oral Trial, was streamed live from the offices of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council to more than 600 members of Mexico's legal community. The Arizona Attorney General's Office hosted the webinar which focused on the presentation of electronic evidence. Content included presenting evidence obtained from devices, social media and internet service providers in court, exploring foundational questions for presenting witnesses, as well as the importance of working as a team and having good communication among the prosecutor, investigator and forensic analyst. The recording is available here


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This material was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.
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