The Merida Initiative was launched in 2008 by then U.S. President George W. Bush and continued by his successor, Barack Obama, allegedly in support of Mexico and Central America in the fight against drug trafficking.

The event was attended by several hundred members of civil and immigrant organizations gathered in San Jacinto Square in El Paso.

For a week the Caravan for Peace travelled 2,000 miles from the center of Mexico to the U.S. border through the states hardest hit by drug violence.

Along the way, the march stopped in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city with more violence, with a balance of 3,100 homicides in 2010, which are attributed mostly to drug gangs.

In Ciudad Juarez was signed a Citizens’ Pact with some 200 organizations and individuals in Ciudad Juarez, to also demand the drug strategy to be redefined.