José Miguel Cruz Sonja Wolf Deborah Bonello

Gangs and organized crime in Central America

A Talk by Deborah Bonello , José Miguel Cruz and Sonja Wolf

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.

About The Speakers

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Deborah Bonello

Deborah Bonello

Freelance video journalist based in Mexico City.

José Miguel Cruz

José Miguel Cruz

LACC Director of Research, Florida International University

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

Sonja Wolf

Sonja Wolf


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

Categories Covered

mafia-style crime

Latin America & Caribbean