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Latin American Program in the News: Death of Consul's Daughter Spurs Venezuela Outcry

Roberto Briceño-León

Latin American Program Scholar, Roberto Briceño-Leon, comments on high murder rates in Venezuela.

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The government, which has not released detailed annual murder statistics in recent years, has said the murder rate last year was 48 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest rates in the region.

The Venezuelan Violence Observatory, an organization that tracks crime, said its tally of police homicide figures totaled more than 19,000 killed during 2011.Roberto Briceño-Leon, the group's director, said that was the highest annual number on record in the country of 29 million people.

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Roberto Briceño-León

Roberto Briceño-León

Fellow;
Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more