Michael Hoopes

Michael Hoopes received his MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2015, where his research focused on the development of the Mexican state’s domestic security policies from the 1970s to the present.

This SWJ report assesses the nature of U.S. assistance to the Mexican government's recent efforts to combat organized crime.

The rise of vigilante citizen militias in the western Mexican state of Michoacán has been a key component in the narrative of the government’s failure to secure its citizenry.