Justice, Law and Society
I have worked extensively on issues related to crime and violence prevention in developing countries, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean and more recently in Sub-Saharan Africa. My work has a strong focus on youth at risk issues, capacity building of government institutions and law enforcement, police training, and the ability of communities to address crime.
I have a lot of research interests in criminology but, lately, I have focused on measuring the effect of the quality of institutions on crime, costs of crime, and police efficiency.
In my professional career I have developed and implemented crime prevention projects and programs at the national, municipal and community level. From 2001 to 2003 I lived and worked in the slums of Fortaleza, Brazil, on violence prevention, gangs, and drugs. Brazil is my second home!
I have also published my work on crime and violence in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition, I was a member of the 2011 World Development Report team on Conflict, Security and Development. I have worked on crime and violence prevention and citizen security issues in international institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Habitat, and ILANUD.
BS International Studies, American University
MA Latin American Studies, American University
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