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Tequila Talk with Dr. David Shirk: Organized Crime, Citizen Security and Civic Engagement

Date:  May 14, 2014
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Chandler Martin

David ShirkMexico’s security crisis and high levels of criminal violence pose a threat to the Mexican state and to citizens. For the last decade, numerous public opinion surveys have demonstrated that the proliferation of violence has made “inseguridad” the nation’s top concern, with broad swaths of the population believing that the government has neither the will nor the ability to control the violence.  

In the absence of a satisfactory state response, citizens and business groups have joined together in a number of civic initiatives.  While some have been armed, such as the self-defense groups in Apatzingán, countless others are non-violent collaborative efforts to seek justice, push for accountability and promote a culture of lawfulness.  

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Shirk as we discuss the range of civic responses to violence.  What ways have citizens and communities fought back against organized crime? What opportunities exist for these groups to engage with authorities? Have any of them been able to move the needle on public policy? And how can US policy bolster Mexico’s efforts?  

This conversation stems from the latest publication of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and USD’s Justice in Mexico Project, Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence, edited by Dr. Shirk.  The complete book is available here.

Institute of the Americas’ President Ambassador Charles Shapiro will moderate.


* This event is for 21 and older as we will serve tequila. Please bring your ID.

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