Mexico is the top foreign destination for U.S. travelers.
An estimated 1.6 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico and around 2.5 million people identified as "Black" in the Census.
The U.S. partners with Mexico to improve security and reduce the impact of crimes on the U.S. and Mexican border.
Extradition treaties are in place to govern trade and the legal processes related to certain offenses for both countries.
and the Protocol to Extradition Treaty with Mexico signed on November 13, 1997.
The treaty does not require the U.S. or Mexico to extradite its citizens. Only extraditable offenses are listed in the treaty such as violent crimes, fraud, and financial crimes.
Mexico’s harsh prison conditions are punishable, enough. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences, heavy fines, etc. U.S. citizens have reported being assaulted and subjected to severe interrogation techniques while in custody. Many U.S. citizens have considered Mexican prisons cruel and unusual punishment.
In 2021, NBC News reported that:
· Violent crimes have risen in Mexico and 94% of those crimes go unpunished.
· Mexico averages 20 murders of women per day indicating a rise in femicide.
In October of 2022, Shanquella Robinson, a black woman from North Carolina, traveled to Mexico with a group of hometown friends. A video surfaced on social media showing Shanquella being physically assaulted during their trip. She died after the assault and her friends traveled back to the U.S., leaving her deceased body in Mexico. Mexican authorities did not reach out to Shanquella’s family., according to sources. An autopsy revealed that Shanquella had a broken neck, cracked spine, facial swelling, and multiple bruises.
Based on the Extraditable Offense Protocol:
According to Article 15 of the Constitution of Mexico,
So… Are Black Americans politically persecuted in the U.S.?
And what is a slave?
Article 15 of the Constitution of Mexico, the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and North Carolina statutes, including its slave codes, describe a slave in detail. Its policy on international extradition requires the involvement of federal agencies.
The tragedy involving Shanquella Robinson has become mainstream due to the advocacy of black content creators who researched and urged authorities to investigate.
Multiple news outlets have aired this story.
Thank you Black content creators for using your voices and your platforms to advocate for justice on behalf of Shanquella and Black women abroad.
Written by Alexia Knox
November 21, 2022
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