Updates from the CWAG Alliance Partnership
Sun Valley, Idaho, AG Exchange
U.S.-Mexico Relationships Strengthen and Prosper at the 2016 Binational Attorney General Exchange

In July, the CWAG Alliance Partnership celebrated the 2016 Binational Attorney General Exchange in Sun Valley, Idaho. The event brought together U.S. and Mexico State Attorneys General along with their colleagues from the federal government and private sector to discuss cross-border issues related to the administration of justice in both systems.

Mutual respect, collaboration and partnership proved the theme, with host Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, CWAG Chair and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Mexico Federal Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzales inaugurating the event. "It's been so lovely to spend a day here visiting this beautiful place, exchanging and sharing ideas," said General Gomez Gonzales, noting that the event was building on the joint efforts and results of the prior Binational AG Exchange held in Mexico City last fall. Each speaker emphasized the unique nature of the relationship between CWAG and Mexican Attorneys General, and the benefits of these Exchanges.

The Exchange provided an effective forum for representation at multiple levels, fostering communication on many relevant and diverse topics in the criminal justice system. Among the topics presented were, "The Future of Mexico's Judicial Reforms," addressing evaluation and monitoring strategies for Mexico's constitutional criminal justice reforms; "Technology Platforms Assisting Law Enforcement in the 21st Century," including discussions of options for communications encryption and crime scene preservation among others, and "Human Trafficking-State, National and International Initiatives," which examined opportunities and challenges for combatting human trafficking in both our countries.

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield offered the closing address to the conference, expressing his personal enthusiasm for the CWAG Alliance Partnership Binational Attorney General Exchanges, and encouraging a strong future alliance and cooperation among the agencies represented at the meeting.

Participants included Attorneys General from the Mexican states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guanajuato, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, San Luis Potosi and Military Justice, joining their colleagues from the US states of Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico and California, Washington DC, Kansas, Rhode Island, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, and Vermont. Several PGR officials, the Consul of Mexico in Boise, and a representative from the Consejo Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (Mexican Stock Exchange) also attended.

Participants in Hidalgo

Interdisciplinary Exchanges Thrive With Group Exercises and Mixed-Model Learning

In August, 15 prosecutors, investigators and forensic scientists from the states of Queretaro, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon and Zacatecas gathered in San Diego, California, for an Interdisciplinary Exchange. The group received presentations and carried out practical group exercises with a variety of experienced California, Colorado and Rhode Island law enforcement personnel.

In Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, 3 experienced US instructors carried out a simultaneous mixed-model distance learning Interdisciplinary Exchange, with a group of 58 prosecutors, investigators and forensic scientists from the Hidalgo state attorney general's office. The participants received video lectures transmitted from San Diego, California, and hands-on, practical exercises with the visiting U.S. instructors.
Visiting Superior Court in San Diego
Instructor Spotlight
Dave Navarro, Illinois Assistant Attorney General

CWAG Trial Advocacy Instructor Dave Navarro, Assistant Attorney General at Illinois Attorney General's Office was selected to serve on the board of Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He is currently Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, where he handles allegations of statewide corruption. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the John Marshall Law School and is a member and former President of the Hispanic Prosecutors Bar Association. CWAG congratulates Dave Navarro on his selection as Board Membership Secretary of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Virtual Seminar: Development of the Case, and Opening and Closing Statements in Criminal Prosecution

A Virtual Seminar hosted by the Nevada Attorney General's Office on "Development of the Case, and Opening and Closing Statements in Criminal Prosecution" was broadcast via LiveStream on September 14th. The recording of the transmission continues to be available for viewing on CWAG's Livestream page (in Spanish) 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
For all information and requests, please contact:
Susan Lustig
Administrative Director
Cell: 805.264.4277

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Lauren Niehaus
Deputy Director
Cell: 303.827.9039

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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.

The CWAG Alliance Partnership promotes the Rule of Law in Mexico, offering a forum for strengthening relationships between U.S. and Mexican State Attorneys General. It supports implementation of an oral adversarial criminal justice system by offering opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between both countries.
Karen White, Executive Director
Conference of Western Attorneys General Alliance Partnership