New Mexico and Chihuahua Memorandum of Understanding

In May of 2006, New Mexico signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commemorated the cooperative relationship that exists between the New Mexico and Chihuahua Attorney General Offices in their efforts to fight crime on both sides of the New Mexico/Chihuahua Border.

As part of the MOU, New Mexico agreed to assist Chihuahua in its efforts to become the first Mexican state to reform its criminal justice system to an oral adversarial process with an emphasis on forensic based evidence rather than a confession based case.

The Border Violence Division along with the NMSP Crime Scene Investigators have conducted numerous crime scene trainings which include collection and processing of forensic evidence, procedural and mock trial workshops throughout the year of 2006 and 2007.

Other agencies within New Mexico that have participated with the reform of Chihuahua’s criminal justice reform include: Office of the Medical Investigator, DPS Crime Laboratory and the NMAGO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.