Extortion Project

The Global Initiative has launched its Extortion in Central America project in order to combat criminal culture which has become, in some areas, an endemic and daily socio-economic feature of life in the nations afflicted.

In a three-phased approach, the Global Initiative aims to help combat the criminal culture in the region.  An in-depth report published by the Global Initiative, “A Criminal Culture: Extortion in Central America”, provides insight into this deep-seated problem. The Global Initiative is also working to create a network of experts – local stakeholders from the five target countries – to help combat extortion and share best practices across the region.

Moreover, through the development of training activities of community actors and supporting local projects, the Global Initiative endeavours to build local resilience and initiatives aimed at responding to extortion in the medium and long term.

La Iniciativa Global lanzó el proyecto ‘Coaliciones por la Resiliencia’ en centroamérica para combatir un fenómeno endémico, letal y socioeconómico en algunas áreas de los países del Triángulo Norte. En tres fases, este proyecto busca contribuir a entender y contener la cultura criminal propiciada por este crimen.
El documento “Una cultura criminal: la extorsión en Centroamérica” fue el primer paso. También se impulsa una Red de Expertos de los cinco países donde opera el proyecto con el objetivo de compartir y analizar buenas prácticas de la región.
Finalmente, el proyecto considera el fortalecimiento de capacidades comunitarias para generar intervenciones o proyectos que enfrenten el fenómeno criminal en el mediano y largo plazo.
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Guillermo Vazquez
Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada

Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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Ana Castro

Coordinator for Central America, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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Siria Gastelum Felix

Resilience Fund Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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Carmen Rosa De León-Escribano

Executive Director, Instituto de Enseñanza para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES)

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Paul Chaves Cambronero

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