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Are Crime and Violence Prevention Programs Working in Central America?

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U.S. taxpayers have been funding citizen security programs in Central America for six years. The question is whether these efforts are having an impact on the crime and violence that has shaken the region and led to unprecedented migration of unaccompanied minors to the United States.

One element of the U.S. strategy is to support crime and violence prevention programs for at-risk youth in target communities. For the first time ever, USAID has conducted extensive impact evaluations of its crime and violence prevention programs in Central America’s Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The evaluations were conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University, a leader in public opinion research throughout the hemisphere. Join us for a presentation of the findings, and a lively discussion about the results and future directions for prevention programs in the region.

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Prof. Mitch A. Seligson
Founder and Senior Advisor, Latin America Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
Elizabeth J. Zechmeister
Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
Mark Feierstein
Associate Administrator, USAID
Joan Serra Hoffman
Violence Prevention Specialist, World Bank
Roseanna Ander
Founding Executive Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
Erik Esteban Escobar Albores
Founder, Youth Against Violence (Central America)


Eric L. Olson
Associate DIrector, Latin American Program, Wilson Center