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Drug use has risen year on year since prohibition came into force in 1961.
119 politicians have been murdered in Mexico between 2006-2016
'Too often, law enforcement and criminal justice systems themselves perpetrate human rights abuses.' Executive Director, UNODC
There were an estimated 3.2 billion pesos ($2.5 million) passed as bribes during 2010 alone
Complaints made to national human rights commissions regarding military and police abuses have increased by 900% since the beginning of the militarised “war on drugs” in 2006
Mexico ranks 3.2 out of 7 on the World Economic Forum's judicial independence measure.
157 journalists are known to have been killed between 2007 and 2016
This is a living documentary of first hand testimonies recorded over the phone, audio interviews and expert voices. Through a specially established phone line in Mexico connected to this website, we expect that the number of voices will continue to grow and connect. It is time for casualties of the drug war to be at the centre of the drug policy debate. The voices cannot be ignored.
Anyone's Child Mexico is part of Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control, an international network of families whose lives have been wrecked by current drug laws and are now campaigning to change them.
We are calling for the legal regulation of the drug market. We want governments not criminal gangs to control the drugs trade. We want to promote health, reduce violence and protect all of our children. Our vision is that control of all drugs would be the responsibility of doctors, pharmacists and licensed retail sellers.
All the materials on this website have been crowdsourced through partners and friends based in Mexico. The families involved have all chosen to share tion to change global drug laws, so that other families don't suffer as they have.
Here you can listen to the real-life stories from the front-line of the drug war.
You can explore our curated chapters telling the in-depth stories of the families who have already spoken out.
Or you can listen to the growing collection of unedited material on our phone line archive to hear from all the families directly
The archive is anonymous and in places has been redacted to protect the anonymity of the caller
This project was inspired and funded by:Brigstow Institute
With an enormous thank you to all of the families and experts that have shared their stories.
Maricela Orozco Montalvo, Araceli Salcedo Jimenez, Araceli Rodríguez Nava, María Herrera Magdaleno, Juan Carlos Trujillo Herrera, Nancy Raquel Rosete, Rosa Julia Leyva, Lisa Sánchez, Alejandro Madrazo Lajous, Matthew Brown, Amaya Ordorika
The project was developed by:
Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol - Matthew Brown
Anyone's Child - Jane Slater and Mary Ryder
Transform Drug Policy Foundation
All the organizations and individuals that have made this project possible:
La Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH)
Tonatiuh Cabello Morán
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
An enormous thanks to Luis María Barranco and Amaya Ordorika for lending us their stunning footage from the CMDPDH