Juvenile Violence, Policing and Access to Justice in Latin America

Latin America is experiencing alarming trends in kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, gang violence, homicide, police brutality and gender-based violence. Many of these crimes involve young people, either as perpetrators or victims of violence.

Through comparative case studies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, this project will examine youth crime, relations with the police and access to justice. Special attention will be paid to police profiling practices when dealing with young people. The idea is to develop strategies and policies that will lead to a more equitable and accountable justice system. The project is also expected to bring together an international network of experts on juvenile crime and crime prevention.

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Start Date

Monday, January 31, 2011

End Date

Thursday, January 31, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 415,900


North and Central America, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Arturo Alvarado Mendoza


Colegio de México, A.C. (El)

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