Criminality and Violence in Latin America: a Comparative Perspective between Mexico, Colombia and Brazil

This project will examine the dynamics of crime, violence and drug trafficking in urban centres in three Latin American countries: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro); Colombia (Medellín and Bogotá); and Mexico (Ciudad Juarez). The study will attempt to answer the following three questions. Who perpetuates violent crime and why? What are the dynamics that determine who is victimized and how victimization takes place (particularly with respect to women and youth)? And, what conditions the recruitment of young people and children into criminal networks? The new evidence is expected to expand the knowledge base and inform policy recommendations for enhanced public safety and more effective juvenile justice.

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Start Date

Friday, October 28, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 353,700


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


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Ana María Jaramillo


Corporación Región para el Desarrollo y la Democracia

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