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Organized Crime in Latin America

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Collecting information about the characteristics and extent of organized crime represents a crucial step to understand its weaknesses and target counter policies. In this context, Transcrime collaborates with the Center of Excellence, supported by UNODC and INEGI, to develop and test a methodology for the measurement of organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.

First, a theoretical framework was defined. It allowed to outline some guidelines (roadmap) to collect data, both quantitative and qualitative, and call for the production of missing information in order to assess the presence of organized crime in each country. In particular, what was proposed is an approach involving the breakdown of the concept of organized crime into five main dimensions: groups, activities, state reponse, contextual enablers and civil society response. These five dimensions were further divided in turn into several sub-dimensions for better outlining the phenomenon. Later, a methodology was developed to aggregate these pieces of information by creating a system of scores and indicators at national and sub-national level.

This methodology has been tested in some countries (Chile, Colombia and Mexico) from the data already available.

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15
May
2020
Milan

(Webinar) RICICLAGGIO E INFILTRAZIONI DELLA CRIMINALITÀ ORGANIZZATA: RIPARTIRE CON NUOVI INDICATORI DI RISCHIO – Michele Riccardi together with other experts talks about the new risk scenarios generated by COVID19.

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6
May
2020
Milan

DATACROS MID-TERM MEETING – Michele Riccardi and Antonio Bosisio discuss with partners the first results of DATACROS project.

27
March
2020
Cardiff

DATA SCIENCE FOR POLICING, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY – Marco Dugato discusses the main existing approaches to crime forecasting at Cardiff University.

18
March
2020
Brussels

THE NEED FOR AN EU PLAN TO END THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF GRAND CORRUPTION – Prof. Ernesto Savona discusses about the EU needs to rethink its overall approach to asset recovery at the event organized by Transparency International EU.

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19
February
2020
Brussels

EUROPEAN CRIME PREVENTION CONFERENCE (EUCPN) – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.

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12
February
2020
Rome

TRAIN THE TRAINERS – Thomas Joyce talks about the value of radicalisation monitoring and the use of possible indicators allowing an early detection of radicalization phenomenon at the Department of Penitentiary Administration.

7
February
2020
L'Aia

COOPERATION BETWEEN EUROPOL, ACADEMIA AND RESEARCH EXPERTS – Prof. Savona participates in the roundtable ‘Cooperation between Europol, Academia and Research Experts’.

28
January
2020
Rome

TRAin TRAINING FINAL CONFERENCE – Prof. Savona discusses the European future of tools for monitoring radicalization processes in prison.

Agenda
21
January
2020
Nassau

EMPIRICAL AML RESEARCH CONFERENCE – Michele Riccardi discusses how to assess the risk of illicit financial flows through the analysis of cross border ownership links of European businesses.

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11
December
2019
Helsinki

EUCPN Board Meeting – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.