July 8, 2015
Phoenix, AZ – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich hosted a delegation in Phoenix of attorneys general from various Mexican states. The meeting was held to discuss the ongoing initiatives to combat transnational crime. Baja, Mexico Attorney General Perla Ibarra Leyva, Guanajuato, Mexico Attorney General Carlos Zamarripa Aguirre, and Sonora, Mexico Attorney General Carlos Navarro Sugich were among those in attendance to meet with the two U.S. attorneys general.
“Cross-border coordination and communication remains crucial to responding to and combating transnational crimes in a unified manner,” said Attorney General Laxalt. “On behalf of Nevada, I welcome collaboration from our law enforcement partners in Mexico, and look forward to continuing efforts to further the rule of law.”
Attorney General Brnovich added, “The ongoing dialogue with our counterparts in Mexico is critical in developing long-term public safety strategies and successful law enforcement collaborations between our countries.”
The meeting was organized to renew and strengthen efforts between the neighboring states in support of the rule of law for both participating countries, particularly as Mexico transitions to an adversarial system of justice in the coming year.
Attorney General Perla Ibarra Leyva stated, “It is of great importance for the U.S. and Mexican state Attorneys General’s Offices to collaborate on topics of shared concern including protecting our citizens and enforcing the laws of our states. We know that crime crosses borders. Only through cooperation and open dialogue such as this exchange between my colleagues and I can we address the issues that affect both of our countries."
The bilateral relationship between the state Offices of the Attorneys General in the U.S. and Mexico has long been important to furthering the success of both countries’ efforts to combat transnational organized crime. The state attorneys general from both countries have formally collaborated for more than seven years, working to ensure justice for their communities.