Corruption Lives Next Door and Calls Himself Justice-
Marisol Andrade Muñoz
1,688 corruption cases were filed for every 1,000 officers in Mexico’s police force in 2017. This averages 1.6 acts of corruption per police officer in the nation, reinforcing a widespread distrust of law enforcement among Mexican citizens. Research studies exploring the driving forces and cultural, political, and humanitarian costs of police corruption are a vital starting point, but they are not enough. How can we design solutions that start by protecting Mexico's most valuable resources, journalists and truth-tellers, to see justice prevail in this fragile democracy?
To me, adapting means that we design solutions for problems in the context where they are a reality. My exploration of corruption and distrust in Mexico's police force requires designers and problem-solvers from all over the world to create sound solutions and integrate them into Mexico's unique socio-political landscape.
All over Mexico, journalists are braving the danger involved in their career to report on clandestine subjects like police curruption and government enmeshment in crime. Far from being safe third party members, they risk losing their lives or their loved ones for the sake of speaking out. We as a nation have the opportunity to shelter journalists fleeing their country as humanitarian refugees, but major reform is in order.