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The State Of Security In Mexico: Why Are Homicides Increasing? How To Reduce The Violence?

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Friday, Feb 3 2017 from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm
The Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC (map)

Homicides appear to have increased significantly in parts of Mexico during 2016. By one calculation, organized crime related homicides increased roughly 49 percent between 2015 and 2016. October was the most violent month in nearly four years, and after two years of decline, 2016 roughly matched the homicide rate for 2013. Moreover, major cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez that had experienced a decrease in homocides since 2012 saw a significant uptick. What is driving this troubling tren and what kinds of innovative programs are being implemented to reduce violence or prevent it altogether? Please join our panel of experts for a discussion about these and other questions. 


Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Panel I: What is Driving the Increase in Homicides in Mexico

Overview: David Shirk, Professor & Director, Justice in Mexico Project, University of San Diego

The Case of Tijuana: Octavio Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, Justice in Mexico Project, University of San Diego

The Case of Tamaulipas: Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley & Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Case of Ciudad Juarez: Alfredo Corchado, Journalist

Panel II: Promising Experiences in Violence Reduction

Is violence reduction possible?  What’s the evidence? : Enrique Betancourt, Director of Violence and Crime Prevention Initiative, Chemonics International

A Public Health Approach to Reducing Violence: Brent Decker, Chief Program Officer, Cure Violence

Building Community Resilience Through Investing in Young Leaders: Carlos Cruz, Founder, Cauce Ciudadano, A.C

Reintegration of Young People in Conflict with the Law: Mercedes Castañeda Gomez Mont,  Director of Youth Program & Co-Founder, Reinserta Un Mexicano, A.C

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David Shirk
Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Global Fellow
Octavio Rodriguez
University of San Diego
Program Coordinator of the Justice in Mexico Project
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Latin American Program, Wilson Center
Assistant Professor
Alfredo Corchado
Public Policy Scholar
Enrique Betancourt Gaona
Violence and Crime Prevention Initiative, Chemonics International
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