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Mexico

Since 2002, six Forjando Liderazgo events have been conducted in Mexico, impacting an estimated 5,309 participants and their communities. A vast network of experts in the field of drug demand reduction has been established in Mexico and the premier organization that brings them all together is the largest drug prevention NGO in Latin America, Centros de Integracion Juvenil. Dr. Carmen Fernandez, the General Director of Centros de Integracion Juvenil has invited DPNA/RIPRED for several years to present at CIJ’s tremendous annual conference, Congreso Mundial de Adicciones. This opportunity has allowed DPNA/RIPRED to reach out to a vast audience and strengthen networks in Mexico and the region.

In Mexico, two formal documents were signed, and NGOs along with several governmental agencies of the cities of Queretaro and San Juan del Rio pledged to work as coalitions for drug demand reduction under the leadership of DPNA member Jaime Ponce Alcocer. As stated by Mr. Ponce Alcocer, it was through Forjando Liderazgo that he was able to better understand the realities of other countries in dealing with drug demand reduction issues and to draw upon positive examples to gain international resources for the Province of Queretaro. Through the examples and success stories of collaboration highlighted in Forjando Liderazgo seminars, many have become active participants in the university network of the State Universities as well as in the parents’ networks. This collaboration and networking throughout Latin America has done a great deal to further drug demand reduction efforts.

As a direct result of Forjando Liderazgo, several interesting drug prevention initiatives were begun in the City of Los Cabos, Mexico under the leadership of Carlos Arriaga. Through the Forjando Liderazgo participation in the Centros de Integración Juvenil annual conferences, Mexican partners have been able to come together and present their successes and challenges in drug demand reduction efforts to large audiences. This forum has been invaluable in promoting what leaders in the field of drug demand reduction have learned through the Forjando Liderazgo curriculum.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 50 participants in Mexico City, Mexico on September 26-27, 2002.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 1,300 participants in Mexico City, Mexico on October 20-23, 2004 in conjunction with Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C.’s Congreso Mundial de Adicciones.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 1,000 participants in Mexico City, Mexico on December 4-8, 2006 in conjunction with Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C.’s Congreso Mundial de Adicciones.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 75 participants in Querétaro, Mexico on October 15-17, 2007.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 84 participants in San Juan del Rio, Mexico on October 18-19, 2007.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 2,800 participants in Mexico City, Mexico on October 24-26, 2007 in conjunction with Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C.’s Congreso Mundial de Adicciones.

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