Jacki Moreira

Summer 2016 Intern

Overview

My name is Jacki Moreira. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies. At the 2016 SSDP International Conference and UNGASS action, I met members of La Caravana por la paz, la vida, y la justicia, like Doña Maria Herrera who had four of her sons disappeared. After this meeting I wanted to take on a more active role in SSDP in an attempt to ensure that their messages, movements, and interests continue to be represented in the drug policy and international community. To fight against the War on Drugs without including these voices would be to repeat the same crimes the war itself has committed. At UC Berkeley, I was engaged in activism both on and off campus involving fighting for the rights of migrants, such as demanding the end of ICE raids, the protection of sanctuary cities, defending resources for and retention of undocumented students, showing solidarity with the families and disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, and rights of non­union campus workers in their fight to be contracted by the University of California. Through SSDP, at UC Berkeley, I helped organize a speaker panel and mural exhibit, painted by currently detained Central American unaccompanied minors who fled their country and made it to the US only to find themselves behind bars in a privately owned detention center. Central America has become one of the most violent regions in the world as a result of the drug trade the US pushed from the Caribbean and South America. Unfortunately, we now see that these regions are once again becoming vital points in drug trafficking routes and are experiencing a resurgence in violence, revealing yet another failure of US drug war strategies. The US has created refugees and is now militarizing its own, and México’s, southern border. With family in México, who have experienced violence as a result of the War on Drugs in México and through the US funded militarization of México’s security forces through policies such as Plan Mérida, and as a part of the latinx community I have strived to ensure that talks of the War on Drugs and drug policies do not ignore the reality that ­­consumption and policies that originate here are the direct cause of human rights violations, repression, and deaths in México, and across the globe. I also believe that there cannot be conversations about the War on Drugs or drug policies without talking about immigration, military intervention, displacement, poverty, and human rights violations. We have a moral obligation to organize, demand, and act to stop the US caused destruction that those of us who live in the US benefit from. Having the privilege to visit my own and other families in México, I was able to hear how ‘drugs’ are perceived. I want to demystify the narratives put forth about América Latina and cartels, especially the misguided and dangerous generalizations that ignore how oftentimes those who, by choice, force, or desperation, engage in the production and trafficking of drugs do so as a means of survival. As a Latin American Policy Intern I want to bring awareness to the reality that what happens here affects people globally, although most often without their say