- Attorneys General Arely Gómez González and Loretta E. Lynch meet for the first time
In their first meeting since assuming their current positions, the Attorney General of Mexico, Arely Gómez González, and the Attorney General of the United States of America, Loretta E. Lynch, reviewed the current law enforcement agenda between the two countries, and pledged to work together to fight transnational crime, including drug trafficking organizations, fraud and financial crime, and human trafficking and smuggling.
During the meeting, which was held in the offices of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., both officials agreed to begin a new push for collaboration between the two nations, in the context of reciprocity and respect.
Attorney General Gómez González discussed with her U.S. counterpart the process of institutional transformation that Mexico's justice system is undergoing, with the entry into force of the New System for Criminal Justice, as well as other reforms designed to move towards a modern Attorney General's Office.
“We are changing the institution. We want modern, transparent law enforcement that guarantees full respect for human rights and is based on technical, scientific investigations which produce results. That is how we will strengthen public confidence”, said Attorney General Gómez González.
For her part, the Attorney General of the United States of America, Loretta E. Lynch, stated that:
“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to host this historic meeting, and to reaffirm our partnership with the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico," said Attorney General Lynch. "Attorney General Gomez Gonzalez and I are committed to working closely to fight transnational crime, whatever form it takes – whether trafficking in drugs, or trafficking in persons; whether violent gangs, or financial fraudsters. Together, we will build on the strong record of cooperation between our two countries to advance the common mission that our nations share.”
Those from Mexico's Attorney General's Office who participated in the meeting included José Alberto Rodríguez Calderón, Deputy Attorney General of Legal and International Affairs; Felipe de Jesús Muñoz Vázquez, Deputy Attorney General Specializing in Organized Crime; Eber Omar Betanzos Torres, Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention and Community Services; and Tomás Zerón de Lucio, Chief Director of the Criminal Investigation Agency.
For the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta Lynch was accompanied by Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General; Leslie Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; and Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counselor for International Affairs.