Organized Crime

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?


Equizábal was one of nine speakers who participated in a Dec. 11 conference on Central America’s security challenges. The first half of last Thursday’s event – sponsored by the Washington-based Wilson Center – focused on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), a U.S. taxpayer-funded program that since 2008 has spent $642 million to combat crime, gang violence and drug trafficking throughout the region.

Estudio Wilson Center recomienda priorizar recursos contra la violencia por zonas C.A.


Tras más de un año de investigación, el Wilson Center ha presentado su estudio sobre la violencia en Centroamérica.


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Central America’s Security Challenges: Has U.S. Assistance Helped or Hindered? How Can it Improve?

Photo: After school program in Honduras, courtesy of Honduran Youth Alliance/Alianza Joven Honduras

The flood of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border this past summer brought renewed attention to the region’s security challenges and how the U.S. has partnered with Central American nations to address these problems. Join us for a discussion about the Central America Regional Security Initiative and future directions for U.S. security assistance in the Northern Triangle with panels of experts and policymakers:

Event Report: Side Event to the 56th Regular Session of CICAD - New Approaches to Drug Law Enforcement and Responses to Organized Crime

Reports and materials from the November 18, 2014 Side Event to the 56th Regular Session of CICAD - New Approaches to Drug Law Enforcement and Responses to Organized Crime held in Guatemala. Co-sponsored by IEPADES.

English and Spanish language reports from the event, written by Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzon, are available from the Wilson Center here:

Mexican Leader, Facing Protests, Promises to Overhaul Policing


“The real question is whether the Mexican people, who have been promised investigations, overhauls, special commissions, anti-corruption campaigns and institutional reorganizations by this president — and nearly every other authority since the Mexican Revolution — will believe these latest promises,” said Eric L. Olson, who studies Latin America security at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

La propuesta de Fundesa para rescatar a Guatemala


La estrategia de Giuliani fue replicada en al menos una veintena de ciudades estadounidenses, y en la Ciudad de México en 2003. La revista Proceso publicó que “Cuando Giuliani asesoró al gobierno de la ciudad [de México] el promedio anual de crímenes cometidos era de 24,368, según cifras oficiales. Diez años después, la tasa delictiva se redujo hasta 20 %, según el Consejo Ciudadano de Seguridad Pública”.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

" For years, violent drug cartels have terrorized large parts of Mexico. Armed with sophisticated weapons, they are engaged in major drug trafficking and other illegal activities. It's estimated that more than 80,000 people have been killed since Mexico launched a war on the cartels in 2006 and thousands more have been kidnapped, some have even been beheaded. Amid all the violence, Mexico has also faced allegations of government and police corruptions. Journalists who have dared to cover these issues are often murdered."

The First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity








The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Be Foundation were pleased to host the First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity: The Double Invisibility of Mexican Migrants in light of Potential U.S. Immigration Reform. The forum provided for the analysis and discussion of the phenomenon of immigrants whose births went unregistered and who, as a result, lack proof of identity and nationality.

Plan Tamaulipas: A New Security Strategy for a Troubled State

Recognizing that the situation in Tamaulipas had reached crisis level, in May, 2014, Mexico's top security officials met with their state level counterparts in Tamaulipas to unveil a new security strategy. At the heart of the conflict between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, Tamaulipas suffers from high rates of violent crime, including the nation's highest for kidnapping, large-scale cases of migrant abuse and extremely weak state and local level law enforcement institutions and governance.

Is there Hope for Central American Youth?

Event documents are now available for download at the bottom of this page. Papers from several speakers will be posted soon.