Oberlin College and Conservatory

Global Issues Symposium: Sonja Wolf Presents "The Role of Gangs and Repressive Security Policies in Forced Migration"

Thursday, March 14 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center
119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

This event is part of the Global Issues Symposium 2019, which carries the theme of "Militarization of Global Politics, Economy & Society." It’s organized by the International Studies Program.  

This panel talk, “The Role of Gangs and Repressive Security Policies in Forced Migration,” will be presented by Sonja Wolf, PhD, a CONACYT research fellow at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico. The talk is part of a panel titled “Militarized Latin America.’’

“Social and criminal violence in northern Central America is driven, to an important extent, by street gangs, particularly MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang. These groups originated in marginalized immigrant neighborhoods in United States and developed in El Salvador owing to mass deportations and zero tolerance policies.

“After a failed government-sponsored gang truce and limited social prevention, the country has returned to gang suppression and extrajudicial executions. Homicide rates are declining, but insecurity and the threat of violence remain factors for forced migration.’’

Wolf is the author of Mano Dura: The Politics of Gang Control in El Salvador. Her research focuses on violence, street gangs, migration, and security policies, particularly in Central America.

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