Gangs and organized crime in Central America

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About this talk

The session will begin by screening a 13-minute segment of The Vertical Border (Mexico, 2022, dir. Sonja Wolf), a feature documentary that looks at criminal violence as a driver of forced migration from Central America. The panel features gang scholar José Miguel Cruz, journalist and author Deborah Bonello as well as the documentary maker, Sonja Wolf. Panel members will discuss the dynamics and impact of gangs in Central America and suggest ways of reducing gang violence.

Deborah Bonello

Freelance video journalist based in Mexico City.

José Miguel Cruz

Director of research at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), Florida International University (FIU)

Sonja Wolf

PhD International Politics (Aberystwyth University, UK). Senior Lecturer, CIDE, Mexico. Expertise: street gangs, violence, security, forced migration, Central America, Mexico.

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