Progress at Risk? First Annual Conference on Security, Migration, and Rule of Law in the Northern Triangle of Central America

There will be a webcast of this event

Event Co-sponsors

Record numbers of Central Americans have fled the countries of the Northern Triangle during the first half of 2019, giving rise to abundant questions about how to address the drivers of migration. Central to addressing the challenge of migration is the ability of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, together with the United States, to effectively reduce violence and homicides; fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law; reform the police; and reintegrate returning or deported migrants.  

Please join the Latin American Program and the Seattle International Foundation  for a conference on Central American Security and Migration, featuring researchers from throughout the region who will present new findings on the complex issues driving migration and insecurity and discuss options for addressing these challenges.  

*Please note: There will be simultaneous interpretation 


The Honorable Norma Torres (D-CA)
Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Welcoming Remarks 

          Cynthia Arnson 
          Director, Latin American Program
          Wilson Center 

Arturo Aguilar 
Executive Director
Seattle International Foundation 

Panel I: Understanding Violence and Homicides in Central America 

Mario Herrera
Estado de la Región, lead author “Homicides in Central America: Toward a better understanding of the trends, causes, and territorial dynamics.   

Laura Chioda
Senior Economist, The Chief Economist Office of the Latin American and Caribbean Region 
World Bank 

          Erik Alda
         Creative Associates 

          Eric L. Olson (Moderator)
          Director of Policy, Seattle International Foundation
          Consultant, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

Panel II: Promoting the Rule of Law and Fighting Corruption 

Gabriela Castellanos 
National Anti-corruption Commission of Honduras

Alvaro Montenegro 
Guatemalan journalist, columnist, and coordinator of the Alliance for Reforms of the Justice and Electoral Systems

Arturo Aguilar (Moderator)
Executive Director
Seattle International Foundation 

*Lunch break (light lunch will be served)

Panel III: Police Professionalization: Honduras' Special Commission to Purge and Reform the Police 

David Dye
Lead author of "Police Reform in Honduras: The Role of the Special Purge and Transformation Commission"

Omar Rivera
Special Commission for the Purging and Reform of the National Police, Honduras

Panel IV: Temporary Protected Status What If They Return?

          Mauricio Diaz 
          General Coordinator

          Maria Elena Rivera
         Program Coordinator, Program on Public Policy Studies 

          Julia Gelatt
         Senior Policy Analyst, US Immigration Program 
         Migration Policy Institute 

         Eric L. Olson (Moderator)
         Director of Policy, Seattle International Foundation 
         Consultant, Latin American Program, Wilson Center