Monday, January 27, 2014

México: All-Female Investigative Unit Established in Morelos, Emphasis on Crimes Against Women

According to The Latin American Tribune, the progressive government of the central Mexican state of Morelos has unveiled an all-female police investigative unit created to probe all crimes against women.

Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez swore in and presented the 26 members of the unit, which is made up of women trained to investigate and solve crimes with emphasis on forensic evidence during a ceremony on Friday (January 24).

Governor Ramírez said the creation of the unit was part of his administration’s overall commitment to gender equality in its public policy decision-making.

COMMENT: The all-female unit was unveiled in a ceremony in the main square of Cuernavaca, the state capital.

Morelos state Attorney General Rodrígo Dorantes said the goal in forming the new unit made up of legal and criminal justice experts was to investigate crimes against women, including sexual and gender-based violence, “virtual abductions,” kidnapping and extortion.

Governor Ramírez is to be commended for his enlightenment at a time when Mexican law enforcement still has much progress to make in terms of its professionalism.