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WHO ARE WE

TOJIL (from the Maya, the right thing) is a non-profit civil association that emerges as a response to the crisis in the justice system, generating an innovative proposal to combat impunity.

We are a team of lawyers specialized in criminal matters, whose objective is to influence the transformation and improvement of public policies at the national level in matters of criminal justice in our country.

For this, despite the fact that the problems that generate impunity are multifactorial, TOJIL has identified the following three factors as critical points for its attention:

i) high levels of corruption in the criminal justice system;

 ii) violations of due process and

 iii) the absence of a gender perspective in the care and in the course of criminal proceedings.

Consequently, from the framework of application of the accusatory criminal justice system, TOJIL has as a specific objective to reduce impunity within the criminal justice system and favor access to effective justice through the implementation of five strategies:

STRATEGIES TO COMBAT THE IMPUNITY OF TOJIL

1. Investigation of factors that generate impunity

 

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2. Advice and dissemination

3.  Strategic litigation

4. Report of acts of corruption and violations of due process

5. Proposal for reforms to the legal framework

 
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VIEW

Positively influence the transformation of public policy on criminal justice in Mexico through the fight against corruption, violations of due process and gender violence.

MISSION

Consolidate as an effective and reliable channel of access to effective justice in Mexico.

VALUES

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Integrity

Be creative, authentic and congruent.

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Responsibility

That things happen depends on oneself.

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Diversity

Being inclusive in everything and for everything.

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Honesty

Zero tolerance for corruption.

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Leadership

The courage to forge a better future.

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Passion

Committed to the heart and to reason.

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Quality

What we do, we do it well.

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Collaboration

Empower collective talent.

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INVESTIGATION OF FACTORS THAT GENERATE IMPUNITY:

Identification of normative precepts and / or factors (practices or normative criteria of interpretation) within the penal system that are generating deficiencies in the process of law enforcement and delivery.


ADVICE AND DISSEMINATION:

Development of a campaign to disseminate good practices among operators and effective normative criteria of the accusatory criminal justice system, as well as providing guidance and canalization to users of the criminal justice system.

 


STRATEGIC LITIGATION:

Design and execution of high impact litigation strategies for paradigmatic cases related to corruption offenses, serious violations of due process or crimes of gender violence, which aim to impact the public sphere and transform the law.


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REPORT OF ACTS OF CORRUPTION AND VIOLATIONS OF DUE PROCESS:

Implementation of a campaign in digital media to report irregularities within our practice of criminal litigation, and in case of warning of the commission of a crime, filing a complaint against public officials who commit acts of corruption.


PROPOSAL FOR REFORMS TO THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK:

Based on the processed data, administrative or judicial criteria established through strategic litigation promoted by TOJIL, propose modifications or reforms necessary to normative precepts regarding justice.

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CO-FOUNDERS

Adriana Greaves Muñoz

Lawyer graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She completed a Master's Degree in Public International Law and Comparative Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University.

She has received numerous training in the Accusatory Criminal System, Public International Law, Human Rights, Mechanisms of International Criminal Liability, Law of Armed Conflict, Immigration Law specialized in asylum and refuge and in Transitional Justice.

Between 2013 and 2014, she worked for the Human Rights Legal Clinic of Cardozo Law School (New York) in various international criminal responsibility projects.

During 2015, she collaborated in the implementation of the accusatory and oral criminal procedure system within the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) where, among other functions, she participated as a speaker in courses for the substantive staff of various administrative units within the PGR.

Additionally, she participated directly in the coordination of the discussion tables and preparation of the National Protocols and Guidelines for the Accusatory Criminal System.

During 2016 and until January 2018, she served as Legal Director of the Missing Persons Search Unit of the Office of the National Security Commissioner within the Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (SEGOB).


Estefania Medina Ruvalcaba

She is originally from the state of Aguascalientes and is committed to a better Mexico. She has a Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana (2012) and is a specialist in Criminal Accusatory System of the Escuela Libre de Derecho (2013).

In the professional field, she has served as Director of Studies and Criminal Legislative Projects of the Subprocuraduría Jurídica y de Asuntos Internacionales from the PGR (2014).

She was Deputy General Director in the Unit for the Implementation of the Accusatory Criminal Procedure System of the PGR (2014-2015).

She was also a consultant in the Chamber of Deputies (2015-2016).

She served as Director for the implementation of the Accusatory Penal System in the Visitaduría General of the PGR (2016).

Also as Head of the Immediate Attention Unit of the Visitaduría General of the PGR (2016-2017).

Also, as advisor to the Executive Secretariat of the Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (2017).

In the academic field, she works as a professor of the Criminal Law Specialty of the Escuela Libre de Derecho, as well as professor and speaker in various courses and conferences.

She is the author of the book La Delincuencia Organizada en el Sistema Penal Acusatorio (mitos y realidades), carried out in collaboration with Dr. Rubén Quintino Zepeda and published in January 2016.

In 2009, she won the Concurso Nacional de Proyectos de Tesis "Los Caminos de la Justicia en México 1810-1910-2010", convened by the Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación.


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ISABEL SUÁREZ TERRAZAS

Graduated from law school at La Salle University. Committed to her vocation and hopeful with the change for Mexico.

 In the professional field, she has worked in criminal litigation and human rights and has received training in accusatory criminal justice system, as well as in theory of crime by INACIPE.

She worked in the PGR and the Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos.


Mayra Hoyos

She is originally from the state of Nuevo León and graduated from the International Studies course at the University of Monterrey and from Political Science and Public Administration of the same University, studying exchange semesters at the University of Hong Kong, at the School of Economics of Berlin and Law and in the Colegio de México.

In the professional field, she has served as Director of International Affairs of the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, as well as Deputy Director of Multilateral Affairs for the same institution. (2017 - 2018)

She made a stay at the Misión Permanente de México to the United Nations, in New York (2017), as well as at the Mexican Embassy in Germany (2015).

She has participated in international forums such as the Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer, the Foro para Cuestiones Indígenas of the  United Nations, the Grupo de Trabajo de América del Norte contra la Violencia de Mujeres y Niñas Indígenas, and the Encuentro de Altas Autoridades de Iberoamérica para cuestiones Indígenas.

She has received training in Human Rights, Gender and International Cooperation.


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Law student by La Salle University.


Law student by Iberoamericana University. 

ALEXIA GONZALEZ VALES

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TOJIL together with Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción e Impunidad (MCCI) filed a complaint with the current Fiscalía General de la República, for the possible commission of corruption crimes committed by officials of SEDESOL, SEDATU and individuals, discovered through the journalistic investigation of the “Estafa Maestra”.

As in the case of Duarte, this case would contribute to the construction of an important precedent so that NGOs such as TOJIL have the character of a collective victim and can participate in the investigation and in the process.

Currently, the subject is debated before the courts of the Judicial Power of the Federation.

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JAVIER DUARTE CASE

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From TOJIL, we filed a complaint with the Inspector's Office - now the Fiscalía General de la República, for a possible crime of corruption (bribery), by Public Ministries of the Federation that requested a penalty of only 9 years in prison in the case of Javier Duarte de Ochoa (former governor of Veracruz), as a result of which an investigation was initiated.

The most relevant aspect of this case is that the historical precedent is sought so that an NGO such as TOJIL is recognized as a victim of corruption and thereby contribute to the investigation by providing evidence and endowed with the transparency and impartiality procedure.

Currently, the subject is debated before the courts of the Judicial Power of the Federation.

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CASE PRINCIPLE OF PUBLICITY WITHIN THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

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In defense of the principle of publicity of criminal hearings, which implies that all people can observe and hear public hearings through which a criminal procedure is developed. From TOJIL we have promoted a series of legal actions so that citizens can have access to this right not only by witnessing these audiences personally but also through the audio and video records of these audiences.

This in order to promote transparency in the resolution of cases, strengthen access to justice and ensure that citizens can serve as a guarantor of due process.

Currently, the subject is debated before the courts of the Judicial Power of the Federation.

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