Youth Violence, Organized Crime and Public Insecurity (Central America, Haiti, Mexico)

Public opinion polls have shown that security tops the list of public concerns in Central America, Haiti and Mexico. The current project is the result of a call for proposals on the links between youth violence, organized crime and insecurity.

This project aims to strengthen the capacity state and society in the region and countries under study to address the problem of maras and pandillas (youth gangs). Researchers will examine the links between youth violence, organized crime and insecurity with a focus on urban and suburban contexts; examine gender violence in the context of youth violence, organized crime and public insecurity; and compare efforts to deal with youth violence, organized crime, violent conflict and public insecurity.

The idea is to identify best practices and make policy recommendations for improving the situation.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, April 27, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 399,900


Costa Rica, North and Central America, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, South America, Mexico


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Luis Ramirez


Asociación Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala

Institution Country


Institution Website