Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.

Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte, center, is escorted by agents of the local Interpol office inside a police car as they arrive at Guatemala City, early Sunday, April 16, 2017. Duarte, who is accused of running a ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, has been detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and a high-profile symbol of government corruption. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 03, 2017
Mexicans are no stranger to widespread corruption, which costs the country a staggering $100 billion per year, according to last year’s National Corruption Forum. Governors are especially likely to become involved with graft.
Miroslava Breach Velducea. Photo courtesy of Patricia Mayorga.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 24, 2017
Four attacks on reporters in such a short timespan have shocked Mexico, already a country press freedom organizations say is one the most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.
"AMLO" campaigns in La Perla, Veracruz on March 25.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 05, 2017
As next year’s presidential election draws ever closer, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador may be the number one candidate.
Politics & Society Dispatches
March 28, 2017
The education plan for deportees represents one of the first attempts by the Mexican government to pushback against the policies of the new occupant of the White House.
Migrant men line up for a health check in at the shelter in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on Jan. 26, 2017. Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen
Politics & Society Dispatches
February 08, 2017
“The prospect of having to face some new wall is nothing compared to the prospect of having to stay in Honduras, with its poverty and its violence. There’s just nothing there for us.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 17, 2017

“It is sad to see how every sector of society has now become a target of violence, and [clergy] are no exception.”

(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
January 12, 2017
Social unrest swept across Mexico in early January as protests over a hike in gasoline prices escalated into acts of looting, riots and blockades of highways.
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 06, 2017
I haven't seen such an outburst of nationwide anger in many years.