Together for Action: Partnerships for Youth Crime and Violence Prevention in the Americas
November 5-6, 2014Antigua, Guatemala

An international conference organized by the World Bank, USAID, and the Government of Guatemala.

DAY 1 – TUESDAY                                                       NOVEMBER 4

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Registration and Reception

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

3a Calle Oriente No. 28 “A”

La Antigua Guatemala

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY                                                 NOVEMBER 5

8:00 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 10:30 am

Opening and Objectives

Master of Ceremonies: Gerardo Tablas, Senior Public Private Alliance Advisor, USAID, El Salvador


Agustín Coroy, Activist, Youth Movement Against Violence, Guatemala

Arkel Benítez, Vice-Minister for Crime and Violence Prevention, Ministry of the Interior, Guatemala

Roberto Campa, Vice-Minister of Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico 

Jorge Familiar, Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, United States

Mark Feierstein, Associate Administrator, USAID, United States

Mr. Todd Robinson, US Ambassador to Guatemala

Mr. Otto Pérez Molina, President of the Republic of Guatemala (To be confirmed)

10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 pm


Youth Panel: Why We Need To Join Together

Objective: Discuss the importance of youth activism and engagement on improving citizen security in the region.  Youth activists will provide examples of where youth-led advocacy efforts are making a difference and how to build a transnational youth network against violence in the Americas.

Moderator: Christy Javier Orellana García, Director of the Municipal Committee on Crime and Violence Prevention in Choloma, Honduras


Erick Esteban Escobar, Leader, Youth Movement Against Violence, Guatemala 

Guillermo Asiain, Coordinator, Viral Network, Youth Network, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Danilo Costa, Educator, AfroReggae, Brazil

Alex Gálvez, Executive Director, Transitions Foundation, Guatemala

Antonio Briones, Manager, Social Projects, Trust Fund for Competitiveness and Citizen Security, Mexico

Wilmar Andres Martínez, Artist, Medellín, Colombia         

Q&A: 15 minutes

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Keynote

Santiago Londoño Uribe, Secretary of the Interior, Government of Antioquia, Colombia

2:00 – 3:30 pm


Primary Violence Prevention

Objective: Highlight the core principles and components of evidence-based and promising interventions for school and family-based violence prevention, and the challenges of implementing them in a municipal context.

Moderator: Celina De Sola, Deputy Director, Glasswing, El Salvador


Amy Bank, Executive Director, Meeting Points, Sixth Sense, Nicaragua

Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention Institute, United States

Matthias Rüst, Coordinator, Productive Coexistence, Colombia

Paul Carrillo, Director, Crossroads Program, St. Francis Medical Center Trauma Services, United States

Q&A: 15 minutes

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:15 pm


Secondary Prevention

Objective: Highlight the core principles and components of secondary evidence-based and promising interventions for youth violence prevention, reviewing the state of the art as well as implementation challenges for these types of interventions.

Moderator: Enrique Roig, Senior Citizen Security Specialist, USAID, United States     


Axel Romero, Advisor on Prevention and Security, Ministry of Interior, Guatemala

Rebecca Hinze-Pifer, Researcher, University of Chicago, United States

Gregory Sloane-Seale, Coordinator, Citizen Security Program, Trinidad and Tobago 

Guillermo Cespedes, Senior Associate, Creative Associates & Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, United States

Q&A: 15 minutes

5:15 – 5:30 pm

Coffee Break

5:30 – 6:45 pm


Measuring the Impact of Prevention Programs and Influencing Policy

Objective: Discuss advances and challenges of rigorous evaluation methods and surveillance tools to promote informed violence prevention policy.

Moderator: José Miguel Cruz, Professor, Florida International University, United States


Mitch Seligson, Professor, Vanderbilt University, United States

Jens Ludwig, Director, University of Chicago, Chicago Crime Lab, United States

Nelson Arboleda, Director, Central American Region, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States

Q&A: 15 minutes

6:45 – 8:30 pm

Networking Reception

DAY 3 – THURSDAY                                                    NOVEMBER 6

9:00 – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

Summary and Reflections on Key Themes

Markus Kostner, Social Development Practice Manager, World Bank, United States

9:15 – 10:45 am


Tertiary Prevention

Objective: Highlight the role that tertiary prevention (including victims’ services) plays in the portfolio of responses, and lessons learned in the implementation of these responses.

Moderator: Joan Serra Hoffman, Senior Citizen Security Specialist, Crime and Violence Prevention, World Bank, United States


Jasveeth Rocha Vega, Coordinator, Youth Community Builders, Tijuana, Mexico

Carlos Cruz, Director, Citizen Path, Mexico

Aldo Civico, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, the International Institute for Peace, Rutgers University, United States

Luke Dowdney, Founder & Director, Fight for Peace, Brazil

Barbara Ferrer, Chief Strategy Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, United States

Laura Murray, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, United States

Q&A: 15 minutes

10:45 – 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 – 1:00 pm


Opportunity for Interactive Exchanges Between Participants and Experts

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Lunch Keynote

Fabian Debora, Substance Abuse Counselor, Homeboy Industries, United States

2:30 – 4:00 pm


Towards a More Comprehensive Municipal Response

Objective: Discuss the process and approach required to develop a fully integrated municipal crime and prevention program.

Moderator: Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, Lead Social Development Specialist, Citizen Security Coordinator, World Bank


Mario Maciel, Division Manager, Mayor’s Gang Task Force, San Jose, California

Lorena Martínez, Federal Attorney, Office of Consumer Affairs and Former Mayor of Aguascalientes, Mexico

Edwin Escobar, Mayor of Villanueva, Guatemala

Alvaro Duboc, Secretary of Strategic Actions, State of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Norman Quijano, Mayor of San Salvador, El Salvador

Carlos Loria, Regional Director, ICMA/AMUPREV, Costa Rica

Q&A: 15 minutes

4:00 – 4:15 pm

Coffee Break

4:15 – 5:45 pm


Bringing it All Together

Objective: Conclude the conference with an overview of youth crime and violence prevention network and movement building lessons.

Moderator: Enrique Betancourt, Director, Violence and Crime Prevention Initiative, Chemonics International and Former Executive Director at the National Center for Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation, Mexico


Carlos Hernández, Director, Association for a More Just Society, Honduras

Amy Crawford, Deputy Director, National Network for Safe Communities, United States

Peter Bunting, Minister, Ministry of National Security, Jamaica

Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School, United States

Kaile Shilling, Coalition Director, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, United States

Q&A: 15 minutes

5:45 – 6:30 pm

Closing Session

Town Hall Meeting: Participant Slamfest

  • Jorge Familiar

    Vice President. World Bank,, Latin America & Caribbean
    Jorge Familiar, a Mexican national, is the Vice President of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean since May 1, 2014. He is the first Latin American to be appointed to that position in the last 30 years.
  • Otto Pérez Molina

    Guatemala's President
    Born in December 1st, 1950, Perez Molina has been President of Guatemala since January 14, 2012.
  • Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet

    Senior Social Development Specialist for The World Bank
    Serrano-Berthet is the focal point for the Bank’s Brazil, Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean citizen security and crime and violence prevention programs, as well as other high profile initiatives such as preventing crime and violence in Rio de Janeiro's favelas.
  • Gerado Tablas

    ‎USAID Regional Public Private Alliance Advisor (Mexico & Central America)

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