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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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October
2019
Rome

CONSIGLIO SUPERIORE DELLA MAGISTRATURA – Professor Savona presents a report on ‘New markets, economies and financial transaction instruments’.

24
September
2019
Naples

CONVEGNO ‘RI-CONOSCERE IL RADICALISMO IN ITALIA’ – Professor Savona presents a report on ‘A European approach to the risk of radicalization in prison’.

19
September
2019
Ghent

19th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY – Professor Savona and Professor Calderoni present the final results of the European project Proton.

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September
2019
Ghent

PROTON FINAL CONFERENCE – Professor Savona and Professor Calderoni present the final results of the European project Proton in Ghent.

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3
September
2019
Cambridge

THIRTY-SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECONOMIC CRIME – Professor Savona speaks on “Transparency an effective tool in fighting crime?” at Jesus College.

25
July
2019
Naples

SUMMER LAW SCHOOL ON TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME (ELSA) – Prof. Savona presents a report on UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime at Università di Napoli Federico II.

18
July
2019
Vienna

UNODC MACRO/Expert group – Prof. Savona gives a report on “From Mexico to Balkans: framing data collection on organized crime”.

8
July
2019
Bruxelles

EUROPEAN COMMISSION – Prof. Savona participates in the meeting of national anti-corruption experts.

26
June
2019
Tallinn

12th EU EXPERIENCE SHARING PROGRAMME WORKSHOP – Professor Savona presents a paper on “Assessing the risks of infiltration of Organised Crime in the legitimate economy: tools and remedies in the procurement sector”.

26
June
2019
Montréal

ILLICIT NETWORKS WORKSHOP – Professor Francesco Calderoni presents the Agent Based Model of the Proton project on the recruitment of organized crime.