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Mexican security officials tout new data showing violence decline in 2021

Newly released datashows that Mexico bucked a troubling upward trend in violence last year.

Mexico’s National Statistics and Geography Institute logged 35,625 murders last year, a drop of 1,148 from 2020. The only other reduction seen since 2014 was a modest fall of 24 in 2019.

On Tuesday, Mexico’s Security Secretary Rosa Icela Rodriguez touted the numbers as evidence of the national security strategy’s success.

More current datatracked by her office suggests that Mexico could be on track for an even more substantial drop in homicides this year. Through June, there were more than 1,548 fewer murders than the same period in 2021.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.