Jose Reyes Ferriz was mayor of Ciudad Juarez, a city situated at the center of the Mexican Drug War, from 2007-2010. Commenced in 2006 against various drug cartels by the then-president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the Drug War has left more than 70,000 Mexicans dead as of today, and yet, no clear solution to curb the violence has been achieved. Not only has this brutal war between drug cartels and the Mexican government caused homicide rates to skyrocket, but has also brought along with it extortion, kidnapping, and theft. Standing bravely at the forefront of this crime-ridden city, Reyes Ferriz advocated for the preservation of Ciudad Juarez in what has been the country’s most turbulent period since the Mexican Revolution.
Join the IRC in welcoming Mr. Reyes Ferriz to Georgetown as he presents his experiences from his term, his analysis on the current status of the Drug War, and his hopes for the future of Ciudad Juarez and Mexico under the new president, Enrique Peña Nieto.