Funding from the New Directions Initiative will allow me to spend six weeks in Mexico laying the groundwork for a study of the Mexican juvenile justice system. As a specialist in American juvenile justice, I have long been surprised by the lack of international comparative research on juvenile courts, sentencing, and corrections. Mexico's proximity to the U.S. and our shared criminal justice, immigration, labor, and trade issues make it a perfect place of me to begin such a comparative study. During my trip I will engage in an initial investigation of Mexico's justice system and will make contact with officials and scholars. Most importantly, however, I will attend a language institute. My goal is to restore the fluency I had many years ago so that I can conduct interviews in Spanish. The trip to Mexico is intended to move me in a new research direction but it will also enrich my teaching, I plan to add an international component to my introductory sociology and criminology courses.