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Juvenile Integration Center

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

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Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C. (CIJ) works with programs and projects of prevention, treatment, social reintegration, research and human resources development (HDR) in the field of addictions for juveniles.

Through the years, the institution has extended its structure, programs and services based on a shared commitment with the society and a renovated spirit day by day.

What is CIJ?

Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C. (CIJ), Juvenile Integration Centers, is a non-profit civil association incorporated into the Health Sector.

The association was founded in 1969 with the aim of addressing drug use among the young. At that time, this was just an emerging public health problem.

The pioneering work and vision of an organized community group, headed by Madam Kena Moreno, who was interested in countering drug abuse and raise awareness of various walks in the country about this problem, materialized with the establishment of the Center for young drug addicts, which later added efforts of various agencies and people, including federal authorities and the community in general.

CIJ has over 40 years experience and activities are aimed at the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and scientific research on the drug consumption in Mexico. With the passing of the years, the institution has expanded its structure, programs and services, based on a commitment shared with society and a renewed spirit day by day.


Provide prevention and treatment services to address drug use, based on scientific knowledge and to train specialized human resources.


Continue providing quality services in prevention, treatment, research and training in the field of addictions at national and international levels in response to existing epidemiological trends.


Contribute to the reduction of demand for drugs with the participation of the community through programs of prevention and treatment, based on the evidence to improve the quality of life of the population.

CIJ is an agency of the State, and since September of 1982 has been regulated by the Minister of Health and has been subject to the regulations issued by the federal Government for the parastatal entities.

Since October 2, 1973, CIJ is constituted as a Civil Association under the rule of a General Assembly of Partners and a National Board of Trustees, composed of leading figures in the community with great interest in the institutional work. The General Assembly of Associates is the supreme organ of the Association, consisting of active and honorary members.

The management, administration and legal representation of the Association is in charge of the National Board, the executive organ of the General Assembly of Associates.

Treatment and Rehabilitation at Juvenile Integration Center

For treatment, it is only necessary that the person with the drug, alcohol or tobacco problem to come to the CIJ facility Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.

If the consumer refuses to attend CIJ, we recommend that family and friends attend guidance meetings.

To receive care in the CIJ considers the following clarifications:

1. You or any family member consumes alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

2. Preferably, an appointment should be made via telephone, but even without an appointment, you can go to request attention and someone will assist you.

3. It is asked that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.

4. The initial consultation fee is 15 pesos. If you are not able to pay this amount, someone will assist you.

After the initial meeting, you will be provided a calendar of appointments for the future.

The CIJ has health personnel specialized in the care of smoking, alcoholism, and other addictions. CIJ has five essential services:

Early Intervention: For young people who are beginning to consume alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. The intention is to prevent them from developing an addiction and help to acquire healthy lifestyle habits. The intervention is brief and includes psycho-social therapies. Young people and their parents come to the consultations.

Basic External Consultation: For people who have problems of abuse or dependence on alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. The aim is that people stop the consumption of these substances. Consultations are one or two times per week, approximately one hour in length. There are also services for family members. Schedules are flexible.

Intensive External Consultation: For those who have a problem of drug dependence. People attend the CIJ for at least three days a week for four hours or more per day. They participate in therapies and medical and psycho-social rehabilitation workshops. Treatment can last from one to three months, according to the recovery of the individual.

Hospitalization: Residential treatment in a therapeutic community model is an efficient and effective modality for chronic patients who have not had success with other modalities, this is because the subject is kept in an environment protected, highly structured and staffed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals, under medical supervision and psychotherapy and psycho-educational activities with cognitive behavioral approach whereby the patient relearns to communicate and to adopt healthy lifestyles.

Maintenance and Addiction with Methadone: The program of maintenance and addiction with Methadone, which is supported in the public policy of reduction of health consequences, having the following clinical objectives:

  • Interrupt the cycle of intoxication - withdrawal;
  • Dramatically reduce consumption of other illicit, opiates and other drugs;
  • Reduce the risk of death by overdose;
  • Reducing behaviors of risk and transmission of threatening as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C infections;
  • Reduce antisocial behavior (criminals);
  • To encourage adherence to treatment.

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 419

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Sixteenth Race Against Addictions by Youth Integration Centers

CIJ Puerto Vallarta

Substance dependence is a disease that impacts the whole society and not only the people who suffer from it, so actions must be promoted to promote healthy lifestyles, in which families and society in general participate.

'New Drugs and its Impact on Young People' by CIJ

Juvenile Integration Center

The consumption of psychoactive substances is one of the most relevant public health problems in our society, in which multiple variables are involved that are more complex than their comprehension and analysis.

Puerto Vallarta Hosts 'Drug Use: Risks and Consequences' Conference

Juvenile Integration Center

As part of the closure of the event, some of the attendees were involved, providing diverse opinions against drug use, due to the serious consequences they have on the general population, and thus is considered a public health problem.

Vida Fest Vallarta: Fifth International Festival of Comedy, Circus and Arts

Vallarta Opina

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'How I Protect Myself from Drugs' Contest by Juvenile Integration Center

Juvenile Integration Center

Artistic expressions such as literature and drawing stimulate the brain processes, cognitive and affective, as well as creativity and imagination.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


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Juvenile Integration Center Puerto Vallarta Reports on Marijuana Comsumption

Juvenile Integration Center

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Juvenile Integration Center of PV Joins Mexico's Race Against Addictions

Juvenile Integration Center

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World Day Without Tobacco Events from Vallarta's Juvenile Integration Center

Juvenile Integration Center

In efforts to strengthen prevention and treatment of smoking, key activities took place in Puerto Vallarta to commemorate World No Tobacco Day in conjunction with our Juvenile Integration Center (CIJ).

Vallarta JIC Director Beatriz Barron Hernandez: Express Your Feelings

Juvenile Integration Center

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Vallarta's Juvenile Integration Center Offers Advice and Smoking Cessation Sessions

Juvenile Integration Center

Most people who have had success quitting smoking had at least tried once and not succeeded in the past. Try not to see those tries as failures but as a learning experiences.

International Volunteer Day at Juvenile Integration Center Vallarta

Juvenile Integration Center

On December 5 International Volunteer Day, CIJ recognizes the participation, the commitment and the effort of each and every one of the volunteers in the whole country and who are part of their Volunteers Network.

Invitation to Attend Drug Addiction Action Meeting by the Youth Integration Center of PV

Juvenile Integration Center

Join the Juvenile Integration Center of Puerto Vallarta on August 7 at CasaMagna Marriott for an action meeting and discussion of focused services to the attention of addictions.

'Race Against Drugs' in Vallarta a Huge Success

Juvenile Integration Center

In conjunction with the "Race Against Drugs" there was also a "Health Fair" held at the Puerto Vallarta Sports Stadium with participation by CIMUSIDA Primary Center for Addictions in Puerto Vallarta, the Municipal Women's Institute and CIJ.

Health Fair and Race Against Drugs at Vallarta's Sports Stadium

Juvenile Integration Center

The Juvenile Integration Centers invite you to the national race against addictions. On Sunday, June 29 a simultaneous race will be held in 31 states of Mexico to promote healthy lifestyles.

Run the Race for 'International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking'

Juvenile Integration Center

The Juvenile Integration Center of Puerto Vallarta invites children, youths and adults of all ages to participate on June 29 at the Sports Stadium in the walk and race against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Juvenile Integration Center Director in Puerto Vallarta Discusses 'No Tobacco Day'

Juvenile Integration Center

Dear readers, I again take over this space that kindly has been offered to me by PVAngels with the object of sharing scientific and relevant information about the prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use.

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BBC News

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Fox News Latino

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Secretaria de Salud

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Amnesty International

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teleSUR English

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The New York Times

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InSight Crime

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Teenage Pregnancies in Mexico Considered Epidemic


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3.5 Million Breaths Come Together at World Festival to Create a Culture of Peace

The Huffington Post

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Out of School Youth, Unemployed Latino Teens Can Spell Doom for the Economy

Latinos Health

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Child Labor and the Peril of a Lost Education in Mexico

Al Jazeera

According to the National Statistics Institute, 2.5 million children are working in Mexico. A 2013 World Bank report says 870,000 working children are below the age of 13.

World Bank Reports One in Five Young Latin Americans Do Not Study or Work


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Domestic Abuse Towards Men on Rise in Mexico City


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How Exposure to Acts of Violence Affects the Mental Health of Children in Mexico

Tech Times

A new study in the United States explained that exposure to acts of violence and terror negatively affects the mental health of children, making them more likely to have greater levels of emotional and behavioral problems.

Fighting Human Trafficking in a Mexican Town Built on Sexual Exploitation


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Mexico's Homeless 'Rat Kids' Sniff Glue to Forget the Things They Do for Food


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These Former Gang Members are Fighting to Keep Young Mexicans Out of Cartel Life


At a high school in Ecatepec - one of Mexico's most violent municipalities on the outskirts of the capital - an initially rowdy classroom of teenagers soon settles down to listen with rapt attention as former gang member Williams Cucuiy tells them his story.

'Ninis' Are a Growing Social Problem in Latin America

The News

In Latin America, close to 22 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 29, some 30 million people, are unemployed and not in school. They have been given the derogatory name of “ninis,” since “ni” means neither or nor in Spanish.

DEA: Heroin 'Clearly More Dangerous' Than Marijuana


After announcing last month that marijuana was “probably not” as dangerous as heroin, the DEA went and huddled up with the team and returned to the public with a bold stance on marijuana’s danger relative to heroin.

Yo Quiero, Yo Puedo: Empowering the Poor in Mexico by Teaching Them Self-Help

CCTV America

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Rito del Pasesito: Viral Video Challenge Encourages Mexican Teens to Snort Cocaine

The Fix

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Middle America Is Waking Up to a Mexican Cartel Heroin Nightmare


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Human Rights Organizations Point Out Endless War Against Mexican Youth

La Jornada

Fifty youth groups and human rights organizations say that amid a growing lack of opportunities for young people, the criminalization, prosecution and execution of this population sector are widespread events characteristic of this presidential administration.

Mexico's Young Hitmen Are Both Victimizers and Victims, Experts Say

Fox News Latino

Some 5,000 young men are imprisoned in Mexico after being convicted of serious crimes, with 22 percent of them serving time for murder, a high number that obscures an even more painful reality.

US-Mexico Border Is Home of High STD Rates Among Minors in Sex Trade

Justin Caba

A recent study conducted at the San Diego School of Medicine has revealed an alarming number of female sex workers with STDs in two Mexican cities on the border of the United States who started their current profession before the ages of 18 and even 16.

Latin America Tackles Informal Labor Among Youth

Inter Press Service

The 56 million young people who form part of Latin America’s labor force suffer from high unemployment, and many of those who work do so in the informal sector.

Missing: People, Funds in Tijuana's Unprecedented Homeless Relocation Effort

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Heart of Darkness: The Growing Danger to Women and Girls in Central Mexico

Agence France-Presse

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Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez Says 'Criminalization of Drug Users Intolerable'

La Jornada

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LatAm Countries Mull Failure of US-Led War on Drugs, Planning to Change Course

Xinhua News Agency

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Rising Threat of Synthetic-Drug Smuggling Across Mexico's Borders

Prensa Latina

Criminal groups created new synthetic drugs that simulate the effects of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, and are threatening to smuggle them into Mexico, experts say.

From a Broken Family in Mexico, Martin Nunez Creates a Home for Kids He Never Had

CCTV America

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Labor Treaty Raises Minimum Worker Age in Mexico

The News

An International Labor Organization convention to raise the minimum employment age in Mexico from 14 to 15 was ratified by Labor Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida this week.

Mexico City is Most Youthful Latin American City

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In a study conducted by Youthfulcities, Mexico City took the top regional spot, after the research scored the city particularly highly in terms of civic engagement and employment.

12 States Approve the General Law for the Rights of Children and Adolescents

The News

The project seeks to broaden cooperation and coordination between federal authorities, the Family Development Agency and states for the protection and restoration of children’s and adolescent’s rights.

6-Year-Old's Murder Has Many in Mexico Seeking Answers to Youth Violence

The New York Times

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Study Shows 'Millenial' Youth in Mexico Are More or Less Conservative

La Jornada

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Supreme Court Orders Private School to Compensate Child Victim of Bullying

Gulf News

Mexico’s Supreme Court ordered a private school on to give $33,000 in compensation to a seven-year-old boy who was bullied by other students with a teacher’s approval.

Commissioner Against Addiction Says Mexico Is Open to Cannabis Debate

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Two out of ten Mexican children and teenagers involved in domestic labor are between 5 and 13 years old and many work in order to attend school, feed themselves or getting dressed.

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Pacific Standard

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Epoch Times

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El Universal

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Poppy Production in Mexico Rises to Meet Growing North American Heroin Demand

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As criminal groups in Mexico rush to meet the growing demand for heroin in the United States, InSight Crime looks at the production chain from poppy farms to heroin laboratories.

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Doctors Go Door-to-Door to Reach More of Mexico's Teenage Mothers

Al Jazeera

Doctors in Mexico are going to new lengths to make sure pregnant teenagers get the attention they need. More and more Mexican teenagers are having babies, and many of them are foregoing pre-natal care.

Pena Nieto Urges Mexico Authorities to Make a Common Front Against Addictions

Presidency of the Republic

President Enrique Pena Nieto urged the country’s state and municipal authorities, together with the government, to make a common front in order to reverse the growing trend of higher addictions among the population, especially the most vulnerable sector: adolescents and children.

Technology Fuels Fight Against Cocaine Use in Mexico

USC News

Projection mapping aims images and text onto buildings, delivering health missives to habitual users.

Among Guadalajara's Poor, One Woman Is Dedicated to Creating Second Chances

Al Jazeera

Otilia Arellano has spent most of her 50 years living on these streets. But today she is building a different way to live.

Here's What Happened to Teen Drug Use in the US After States Legalized Marijuana


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Victims of Sex-Trafficking Find Sanctuary in Tijuana's Garden House

The Globe and Mail

La Casa del Jardin is one of three group homes for victims of child sex-trafficking in the country, and the only one that exists along the border between Mexico and the United States, where the need is high and growing.

Rights Group: Tolerance of Child Sex Crimes in Latin America Thwarts Convictions

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Latin America must tackle a social tolerance of children being sold for sex work and the growing online sex trade to boost low conviction rates for child sex trafficking, a rights group said.

End Mexico's Drug War: No to Criminalization, Yes to Medicalization

La Jornada

It's time for Mexico to use the moral authority granted by its nearly 100,000 dead and 22,000 missing to decriminalize drugs and invest in their medicalization.

Government Enacts General Law for Boys, Girls and Teenagers Rights in Mexico

The News

With the implementation of this law the federal government reaffirms its commitment to human rights that are indispensable for a society to live in harmony and its commitment to development through equality, said Pena Nieto.

With Mexico in Turmoil, Government Ferries Reporters to Youth Crime-Prevention Program

Fox News Latino

The federal government has started to publicize its anti-crime initiatives in an effort to show it is proactive - to the point that it’s offering press tours for foreign media members to see the programs in action.

Rock Climbing Saves Kids from Mexico's Drug Gangs


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Women Crossing the Line: Defensoras in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala

Nobel Women's Initiative

In 'Women Crossing the Line: Defensoras in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala' we meet women activists from the region who have stood bravely to demand an end to violence, and promote women's rights.

UN: 1 in 3 Human Trafficking Victims a Child, Crime Goes Mostly Unpunished

The number of children among human trafficking victims has increased from one in five to one in three over the last decade, according to a newly-released UN report. It also says the number of convictions for the crime is “extremely low.”

For Thousands of Migrant Children, Hell Is Between Guatemala and the U.S.

Latin American Herald Tribune

68,541 minors were detained between October 2013 and September 2014 by U.S. authorities while trying to cross the border illegally. Authorities have no statistics about how many minors making that trek fell into the hands of people traffickers, sexual exploiters and drug rings in Mexico.

Rights Group Warns Mexico Children Increasingly Recruited by Organized Crime

Agence France-Presse

The grim report from a human rights body comes as Mexican authorities are scrambling amid a massive scandal over 43 college students missing and feared dead.

Crystal Meth Makes Comeback in Gay Communities

Edge on the Net

Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of methamphetamine use in the gay community; some have even called it an epidemic.

More Than 5,000 Minors Arrested for Drug Related Crimes During Calderon's Administration

Television del Sur

During President Felipe Calderon’s administration more than 5,000 minors were arrested in Mexico for crimes related to drugs and organized crime.

Mexico's Jalisco State May Legalize Medical Marijuana By Year's End


One state in Mexico is currently in the process of legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The state of Jalisco, which borders the Pacific Ocean in the central part of the country, will most likely have a plan in place by the end of the year.

Comprehensive Sex Education: A Pending Task in Latin America

Inter Press Service

In most Latin American countries schools now provide sex education, but with a focus that is generally restricted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases – an approach that has not brought about significant modifications in the behavior of adolescents, especially among the poor.

Mexico Senate Unanimously Approves Long-Awaited Child Protection Act

The News

Among the rights guaranteed are: the right to the protection of health and social security, education, rest, recreation, freedom of thought and awareness, religion and culture.

Congress Drops Jail Time for Journalists from Mexico's Child Protection Bill

PanAm Post

The Mexican National Congress has agreed to remove controversial portions of a new bill designed to protect children, including a provision which would have called for prison time for journalists who publish or disseminate information, images, or voices of children without the consent of their parents.

Workers in Mexico: Urgent Need to Improve Working Conditions of Youth

La Jornada

In Mexico there are almost twelve million young people engaged in a work activity. Of these, six out of ten are not under contracts that protect their physical and social wellbeing as much as their livelihoods.

Proceso News Item Highlighting Juarez Drug Activity Removed from Facebook

Mexico News Daily

The giant social media site shut down the Facebook page of Mexican newsmagazine Proceso for five hours after it published a photo showing a man injecting himself with heroin.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Most in Mexico Occur Among Young Unemployed

Prensa Latina

Most people who commit suicide in Mexico are unemployed youth, it was reported here on the occasion of the World Day for Prevention of Suicide.

World Leaders Submit Report for the Legalization and Regulation of Drug Use

Fox News Latino

A commission of former world leaders call on governments from around the globe to end the criminalization of drug use and possession, making it the most distinguished group of high-level leaders to call for such drastic changes in global drug policy.

Fighting Addiction with San Judas, Mexico's Patron Saint of Lost Causes

AJ+ Labs

Saint Judas Tadeo, the patron saint of lost causes, has a ton of young adult fans in Mexico City. In a place where violence, drugs, and despair can be a way of life for some, San Judas comes to the rescue.

6 Million Mexican Youth Involved in Drug Trade, Says University Researcher

Mexico News Daily

Young people in Mexico are excluded, marginalized and disadvantaged in spite of public policy and initiatives by governments, says a researcher at the Metropolitan Autonomous University.

45% of Young Mexicans Face Food Shortages, Mortality Rates and Rising Teen Pregnancies

Latin Post

About 44.9 percent of Mexicans ages 12 to 29 are in poverty and struggle with high youth mortality rates and increasing teen pregnancies.

Ibogaine Called a 'Cure' for Heroin Addiction

Jake Smith tells his story to NBC about how bad his heroin addiction was and why he decided to try Ibogaine treatment in Mexico to order to overcome his addiction.

Use of Narcotics and Illegal Substances Doubles in Mexico Over Last Decade

Prensa Latina

The national commissioner against addictions, Fernando Cano, has criticized the failure of the authorities to address the drug problem in Mexico, since over the last decade the use of these substances doubled.

UNODC Message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking


As the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime sponsors the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, Narconon centers hold events and deliver drug education.

There's a Serious Bullying Problem in Mexico. Are the Cartels to Blame?


The tragic death of a 12-year-old has sparked a national debate on schoolyard violence. Politicians and psychologists point to the bloodshed outside the gates.

In Mexico, Focus Turns to Bullies in Schools After Death of Student

The Los Angeles Times

In a nation that has drawn international notoriety for drug cartel carnage, public officials are now focusing on another form of violence that plagues Mexican society: school bullying.

The War-on-Drugs Human Catastrophe: Hannah Hetzer Calls a Spade a Spade

PanAm Post

Since 2006, prohibition-fueled drug trafficking in Mexico has resulted in approximately 100,000 homicides and thousands of disappearances. Sadly, Central America has become the region with the highest homicide rates in the world, and 25 percent of all US incarcerations are now linked to drugs.

Human Rights Commission Opens Investigation Into Bullying That Led to Student's Death

Justice in Mexico Project

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission opened an investigation into bullying and violence among adolescents in schools after the recent death of a young student in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

#ElBullyingNOesUnJuego: Celebrities in Mexico Say 'Bullying Is Not a Game'

Al Jazeera

An online campaign declaring that #ElBullyingNOesUnJuego - Bullying is NOT a game" - is taking on Mexico's growing school bullying problem, with some help from celebrities.

CDC Supports Truvada, a Drug That Prevents HIV


Truvada, which prevents HIV infection with a single daily pill, is the miracle drug that almost nobody takes. That’s all about to change.

Treating Mexican Drug Addicts Doubles Since 2000

Prensa Latina

The number of Mexican citizens who have received medical care or treatment by the Juvinile Integration Centers (CIJ) due to his addiction to drugs increased 81 percent from 2006 to 2013, a new report reveals.

Mexico's Young People Badly Neglected by Government for 30 Years

La Jornada

Young people have been "the most overlooked" by government policies for the last three decades. Thus, in Mexico there have been two lost generations, said university researchers specializing in the study of issues related to youth.

SNDIF: Some 70,000 Children Victims of Human Trafficking in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Some 70,000 children are victims of human trafficking, mainly for sexual exploitation purposes, said sources in a meeting this week in Mexico City.

Street Children Numbers to 'Go Through the Roof' as Growth Fuels Inequality

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of street children will “go through the roof” in coming years as economic growth fuels inequality, said a leading advocate for children living on the streets.

Translating Intervention Programs Can Take More Than a Change of Language

Prevention Action

When transferring an evidence-based intervention program across national frontiers, a simple language translation may not be enough. Results from a substance use prevention program in Mexico suggest that wider cultural adaptations are necessary to maximize effectiveness.

Despite Support Programs, 53.8% of Children Under Age of 18 Live in Poverty

La Jornada

It is estimated that 53.8 percent of Mexican children under the age of 18 years old live in poverty. 12.1 percent of these children face extreme poverty.

Tijuana Youth Police Provides Second Chance for 'Problem' Adolescents


For many adolescent Tijuanans, belonging to the youth police means having a second chance in life. Most of them are sent by their parents or teachers, accused of showing behavioral problems that the teachers and parents did not know how to handle.

Anti-Crime Cultural Program Seeks to Invest Young People's Time in the Arts

CNN Mexico

As part of a pilot project aimed at combating crime, children and teenagers from 100 Mexican towns will have access to artistic and cultural activities in which to invest their free time.

SEGOB: Mexico's Young People at Center of Violence in the Country

La Jornada

While attending the meeting of the Secretariat for Social Development for the exchange of experiences of at risk youth, Roberto Campa stated that homicides are the primary cause of death among the population between 15 and 29 years of age.

Half of Mexico's Minors Don't Have Access to Health Care, Many Live in Poverty

La Jornada

A document, developed by Odisea AC, reveals the inequities that children and adolescents suffer from in 14 states of the country.

Mexico's Children Suffer Familial, Social, Political, Economic Violence

La Jornada

The violence that confronts Mexico places children and adolescents as one of the groups most unprotected and vulnerable to physical, mental and emotional abuse, said UNAM's Silvia Solis San Vicente.

Can Virtual Reality Software Tools Treat Addiction?

Popular Science

The idea is that people will develop coping strategies, then take those strategies back to the real world. With coping mechanisms in their tool kits, users will get better, faster. But just because someone says no in a fake world, does that mean he'll say no in real life?

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