Crime

'Dangerous Passage: Central America In Crisis And the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors': Cynthia J. Arnson Testifies Before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to discuss crisis in Central America and what's driving the exodus of unaccompanied minors.

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Senate Dirksen 419
Presiding: Senator Menendez

'Challenges at the Border: Examining and Addressing the Root Causes Behind the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border': Eric Olson Testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on examining and addressing the root causes behind the rise in apprehensions at the southern border.

To watch the webcast go here. Olson's testimony is available for download below.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.  Their use of spatial cluster analysis of municipal level homicides provides and unique window into the role of geography, population pressures, poverty and education can play in depressing violence.  Their finding also suggest some important policy innovations that could contribute to reducing future homicides.

Latin American Program in the News: Call them 'refugees,' according to U.N. law

"According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras is ranked No. 1 in the world for homicides and El Salvador and Guatemala are not too far behind. Not even African nations come as close to the murder rates that our neighbors to the south are suffering right now.

Latin American Program in the News: Free-market solution to America's immigration dilemma

"El Salvador needs people to rebuild the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people from joining gangs.  According to the Central Bank of El Salvador it received $3.6 billion in remittances last year.

"As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption it is not the same as creating productive capacity," Arnson said.

Yet this productive capacity can be created if President Obama and members of Congress work together to implement four simultaneous initiatives."

Latin American Program in the News: Marketplace Morning Report

While Panama's economy is strong, the new Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, faces a number of challenges. 

"There has been a phenomenal construction boom along the waterfront, large office buildings [...]"

To hear the full report, please click here

Latin American Program in the News: Child Migrants

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program is interviewed on CSPAN about the growing unaccompanied minor immigration crisis.  The interview is in three parts and can be accessed via the links below.

"52,000 young people, minors, have shown up at the border since October of last year, with maybe as many as 60,000 coming before the end of the year.  

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Latin American Program in the News: La mafiosidad gana terreno en América Latina

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Latin American Program in the News: Crimen organizado en AL se sustenta en el Estado y es un negocio en expansión

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Latin American Program in the News: Inside Brazil’s World of Crime: Extra Police for World Cup

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Crime impacts Latin America disproportionally high. A UN report says robberies have tripled in the past 25 years. The homicide rate is above "epidemic" proportions in 11 out 18 countries surveyed. Also, between 2000 and 2010, more than one million people died as a result of criminal violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson joined us at CCTV withmore on Brazilian crime. Dr. Arnson is the director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center."

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