Chapter 4

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A peaceful solution

The drug war has failed. It has unintentionally caused much more harm than good and devastated the lives of countless people across Mexico.

But the families who have spoken out in this project have not lost hope. They are coming together and campaigning to legalise drugs and bring them under government control, taking the profit and power away from criminal organisations.

It is their only hope to end this devastating cycle of violence and to prevent their stories from being repeated.

Araceli Salcedo Jiménez Her daughter

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Effective drug policy should protect young people, improve public health and reduce crime.

The alternative that organisations like Transform are proposing is to legalise drugs and bring them under government control. This would take profits away from the criminals and undermine their influence in Mexico. The drug war would end, and with it the violence and bloodshed will be reduced.

Ending the drug war will enable Mexican families to rebuild their communities, and put in place measures to better reduce the harms caused by drugs.

What next?

Araceli Rodríguez Nava Her son

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As violence falls regions devastated by drug related violence will have the opportunity to rebuild and we will see safer communities for children to grow up in.

Fewer fathers and mothers will be incarcerated for drug crimes, strengthening families and improving social cohesion.

Drug related bribes, corruption and money laundering would all but disappear, allowing Mexican institutions to rebuild themselves and deal with the many other issues harming people in Mexico, so helping families in need.

Maricela Orozco Montalvo Her 2 sons and son-in-law

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Prohibition in Mexico has largely focused on preventing illegal drugs from crossing its borders en route to Europe and the United States. That's why if drugs were regulated in the UK - and so sourced legally - there would be enormous benefits for Mexico.

Ending the drug war is a shared responsibility, and by demanding our own governments make these necessary changes we can help end the horrific situation in Mexico.

Lisa Sánchez Latin American Programme Manager

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It has taken enormous courage for these families to speak out against the horrors of the drug war. They want their stories to be shared as widely as possible in order to bring light to the situation in Mexico and help them bring an end to the violence.

Join these families today in the campaign for the legal regulation and control of drugs. We want drug laws that really do protect families and keep children safer, in Mexico and across the world.

Araceli Salcedo Jiménez Her daughter

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Join our campaign.

Take the pledge now and join our growing movement for change. In doing so, you are making a personal commitment to spread the word about howcurrent drug laws are causing unnecessary harm across the world to families and young people.

We are planning a series of campaigning activities both in Mexico, the UK and internationally. We will be in touch to keep you informed and tell you how you can get involved!

'I support Anyone's Child and legal regulation of drugs, and pledge to share the evidence with as many people as possible.'

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Drug policy reform will only happen if we keep talking about it, sharing the evidence with our friends and letting policy makers know how we feel. Get involved in the conversation!

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Matthew Brown

How did the problem end up in Mexico?

Proffessor of Latin American History

University of Bristol


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