Saving the Next Generation: Breaking the Cycle of Narcotics Demand, Gangs and Violence in the Americas

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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
United States

William R. Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will speak at the opening public session of the Institute’s regional workshop on “Gangs, Youth, and Demand Reduction.” A/S Brownfield will discuss how the State Department is addressing the issues of gangs and violence in Central America and Mexico.

The Assistant Secretary will review the evolving history of gang violence in the United States and the region, speak about ways the United States is assisting its partners to combat gang violence, and discuss U.S. efforts to work with our partners to improve citizen security.

Prior to his appointment as assistant secretary, A/S Brownfield served as U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Venezuela and Chile.

The Assistant Secretary will participate from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.. Following A/S Brownfield’s talk, perspectives on the problem will be presented by national chiefs of police from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be provided.

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