Press Releases & Statements
U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole Meets with Mexican Counterparts & Regional Prosecutors
Mexico City, February 29, 2012 – U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole met with law enforcement counterparts and political leaders in Mexico City today, during a visit in which he will speak at the High Level Hemispheric Meeting Against Transnational Organized Crime, being held on March 1st under the auspices of the Organization of American States and hosted by Mexico’s Secretariat of External Relations and Prosecutor General’s Office. Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, Deputy Attorney General Cole met today with Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna at the latter’s headquarters in Mexico City. They discussed ways to increase and deepen the already close cooperation between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement and judicial organizations in the shared fight against organized crime.
Deputy Attorney General Cole said, “I have been extremely impressed by the commitment and dedication shown by the Government of Mexico and its law enforcement entities in pursuing Transnational Criminal Organizations, which are a scourge to the peaceful citizens of both our countries, as well as the countries of Central America. My meetings today with Secretary of Public Security Garcia Luna and with other government officials further my belief that our strong partnership —one that respects the laws and sovereignty of both countries — is critical to the success of the battle against organized crime.”
James Cole was sworn in as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States on Monday, January 3, 2011. He first joined the Department of Justice in 1979 as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served for 13 years - first as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, and later as the Deputy Chief of the Division's Public Integrity Section, the office that handles investigation and prosecution of corruption cases against officials, and employees at all levels of government. Cole has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on public corruption law and legal ethics, and has lectured at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) White Collar Crime Committee and served as the Chair Elect of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.
Commenting on Mr. Cole’s visit to Mexico, Ambassador Wayne said, “Deputy Attorney General Cole’s participation in the OAS conference on Transnational Organized Crime is a demonstration that combating these violent criminal organizations is one of our government’s top priorities. We’re grateful to the government of Mexico for hosting this important conference, which will further cement a regional approach to a problem that plagues the people of our continent, regardless of nationality.”