Organised crime and urban violence: experiences from North and South America

Web conference

14 September, 14:00-15:00 CET

While many traditional indicators of urban violence rates, such as homicide and robbery, are globally decreasing, crimes and the fear of crime such as violence against women, organised crime, and discriminatory violence against vulnerable groups continue to be a major threat to urban security and social cohesion. Although organised crime and urban violence are international phenomena, criminal groups are constantly adapting to local environments and contexts to guarantee successful operations and the longevity of their networks. Similarly, the experience of these phenomena and strategies taken to prevent it are different in each national context, for example in North and South American. Each local experience brings with it a wealth of information that can be used to better understand the root causes of organised crime and urban violence, thus to create more effective policies to counter the phenomena.

  • What evolutions are currently underway in urban violence? How have methods and victim groups changed in recent years?
  • What are some differences between the organised crime and urban violence experienced in North and South America. ? What are some differences in their strategies to counter organised crime and urban violence?
  • How can local experiences of these phenomena enrich other local and global prevention strategies?


  • Rachel Locke, Director, Violence Inequality and Power Lab (VIP-Lab) (USA)

This event is organised as part of a series of web conferences on the local roots and impacts of organsied crime. Learn more