Mapping Criminal Organizations

Mapping Criminal Organizations in Mexico (MCO) ( is an original effort to generate comprehensive information about criminal operations in Mexico. The project combines qualitative and automated methods, drawing from multiple sources, to produce a series of systematic datasets on the presence, structure, evolution, and relationships of criminal groups in Mexico. Our online platform contains maps and other visuals and provides free access to the data, its codebooks, and methodology documents.

This project is supported by the Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies at UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and the Data-Driven Social Science Initiative at Princeton Univeersity. It has also received funding from the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.



Current data projects include: