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IDB will host seminar on violence and crime in Central American Isthmus May 24 in coordination with OAS and UNODC

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will host a seminar on Crime and Violence in the Central American Isthmus at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 24, in coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Office on  Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Two publications will be presented during the seminar: Crime and Development in Central America: Caught in the Crossfire (UNODC) and From the Gang to the Mara: Poverty, Education, Women and Youth Violence by Mauricio Rubio, which is based on IDB research and studies and published by the Externado University of Colombia.

The publications will present different visions on the crime and drug problem in Central America and the main factors attracting youth to gangs and maras, the latter based on IDB surveys in the region. Panels will discuss these results in light of their experience.

Participants in the event will include ambassadors to the White House, ambassadors to the OAS,  IDB executive directors, multilateral institutions, international experts, government officials, representatives from civil society, think tanks and the academia.

Sessions will take place at the IDB, 1330 New York Ave, C3 Conference Room, N.W.,  Washington, D.C, starting at 9:00 AM. The event will be broadcast to the IDB’s country offices in the region, where local government institutions and think tanks will participate. English-Spanish simultaneous translation will be available.

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