About the Project
Latin America and the Caribbean holds the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s most violent region. It is home to just eight percent of the global population yet a third of the world’s homicides. Although most of Latin America saw improvements in health, education, and poverty over the past decade, violent crime soared, claiming hundreds of thousands of victims. What’s worse, justice systems have failed to keep pace with the rise in murders, extortion, and trafficking, and impunity reigns even in the most developed countries of the region. Through meetings, op-eds, and original CFR.org content, I explore the scourge of violence and injustice in Latin America and the Caribbean, evaluate efforts to reform security forces and judicial systems, and identify opportunities for the United States to assist in strengthening the rule of law. This work will result in a book that examines the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid in creating more resilient, humane, and accountable systems of law and order in the Americas.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Smith Richardson Foundation.