Updates from the CWAG Alliance Partnership
The CWAG Alliance Partnership Congratulates Senators-elect Kamala D. Harris and Catherine Cortez Masto, and California's Attorney General Nominee Xavier Becerra

On Tuesday November 8, 2016, two CWAG Attorneys General, and exceptional Alliance Partnership advocates, were elected to represent the citizens in their states as United States Senators. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will be sworn in to the US Senate on January 3, 2017.

The work of the Attorneys General, including that done by Generals Cortez Masto and Harris, has furthered rule of law training and support for our counterparts in Mexico as well as fostered ties for increased collaboration between the state
Attorneys General in the US and Mexico. "As Nevada's Attorney General, I had the honor to serve the residents of my state by protecting their interests including fighting against transnational organized crime. Through our partnership with the Attorneys General in Mexico and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), I worked to successfully strengthen law enforcement ties between prosecutors in the United States and Mexico. As a lawyer, a former Attorney General and the first Latina United States Senator, I look forward to continuing my support of this vital project."

United States Congressman Xavier Becerra has been nominated as the gubernatorial appointment by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve the remaining two years of the Senator-Elect Harris' term as Attorney General upon General Harris moving to the Senate on January 3, 2017. Congressman Becerra will be California's first Latino Attorney General and comes to the Attorney General's office after serving as the highest-ranking Latino member in the House of Representatives. Becerra is the first to attend college in his family, is fully bilingual, and traces his roots to the state of Jalisco, Mexico. CWAG looks forward to welcoming Mr. Becerra and having his leadership add to the success of our US-Mexico Binational AG Exchange programs.
Interdisciplinary Exchanges Generate Lively Participation
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

In October, in Xalapa, Veracruz, 30 prosecutors, 18 police investigators and nine forensics experts from the Veracruz Attorney General's Office participated in an Interdisciplinary Exchange, at the facilities of the Veracruz Public Security Secretariat's training academy, the Center for Security Studies and Research (CEIS-SSPVeracruz). With four experienced instructors from the US, the participants explored the importance of working as a team to prepare and prosecute a criminal case, from investigation through oral trial. 

In Mexico City, Mexico, another Interdisciplinary Exchange was held for six prosecutors, seven police investigators and four forensics experts from the Attorneys Generals Office of the states of Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, CDMX and Guerrero, plus five observers from INACIPE. Instructors from Idaho and New Mexico Attorneys General's Offices, Phoenix Police, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council and the Saunders (Nebraska) County Attorney's Office led the Interdisciplinary Exchange.
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Alliance Partnership Attorneys General International Collaborations
Puebla Attorney General Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium in Indiana
Puebla Attorney General Victor Antonio Carranca Bourget, was a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium, hosted by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana Prescriptions Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October. General Carranca addressed International Efforts to Reduce Heroin Supply from a Mexican Perspective.
 
Doctoris Honoris Causa awarded to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
On October 20th, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work combatting human trafficking. Reyes was honored along with Mexican movie producer Eduardo Verastegui and the founder of Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard. Verastegui announced that his next film project, "The Sound of Freedom," will address the fight against human trafficking and will feature a character based on Reyes. The honorary doctorate was granted by the Iberoamerican Doctoral Faculty, the Leadership Today Foundation and the Latin-American University of Mexico, among other organizations.
 
Arizona and Nuevo Leon Attorneys General Headline Strauss Center International Security Event
In October, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Nuevo Leon Attorney General Roberto Carlos Flores Treviņo served as panelists at the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law Mexico Security Initiative. The Generals participated in a moderated discussion titled "The Mexico Security Challenge and its Impact on the United States." Detailed reporting of the event is available here.
 
Attorneys General of Arizona and Sonora Discuss Collaboration Against Transborder Criminal Activity
In November, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich traveled to Hermosillo, Sonora, to meet with Sonora Attorney General Rodolfo Montes de Oca Mena. The Generals discussed possible avenues for greater cooperation on matters of importance to both, including transborder criminal activity, particularly money laundering and human trafficking.
 
New Mexico Attorney General Meets with Mexican Officials on Human Trafficking, Money Laundering
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas traveled to Mexico City in December to meet with a number of officials, including the new head of the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor's Office for Crimes of Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking (FEVIMTRA), to discuss human trafficking and issues surrounding violence against women and children. General Balderas also met with officials at the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) to discuss collaborative anti-money laundering efforts between Mexico and New Mexico.
Virtual Seminar: Using Exhibits at Trial

The CWAG Alliance Partnership Virtual Seminar "Using Exhibits at Trial" was broadcast live, in Spanish, from the Texas Attorney General's Office in Austin, on Wednesday, November 17th, 2016. The 3-hour online event, directed to Mexican Attorneys Generals offices and Mexico's legal community, was transmitted live to 618 unique viewers. Texas Assistant Attorney General Stephen Todd of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section of the Criminal Prosecution Division spoke on Offering Evidence: Material, Documentary and Demonstrative Evidence. Lieutenant Lannie Hilboldt of the Digital Forensics Unit discussed his team's work and various tools and techniques they use. Assistant Attorney General Shane Attaway, Deputy Chief of the White Collar Crime and Public Integrity Unit, discussed the importance of electronic evidence in the preparation and prosecution of a case. The recording is available online in Spanish at www.livestream.com/cwagchannel/pruebasenjuicio.

The next online seminar will feature the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council and the Pinal County Attorney's Office discussing Arguing Reasonable Doubt, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Two sessions will be offered, one in English and one in Spanish. The English session will be broadcast from 9:00am-11:30am Pacific time (11:00am-1:30pm Central/Mexico City time). The Spanish session will be broadcast from 12:00pm-2:30pm Pacific time (2:00pm-4:30pm Central/Mexico City time).
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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For all information and requests, please contact:
Susan Lustig
Administrative Director
slustig@cwagweb.org
Cell: 805.264.4277

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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.
 
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