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Director, Citizen Security Initiative Enrique Betancourt

Enrique is the director of the Citizens Security Initiative at Chemonics, where he contributes to a portfolio of citizen security and justice projects implemented across Latin America and the Caribbean. His work focuses on establishing collaborative mechanisms that bridge the gap between the design and implementation of evidence-based citizen security policies at the national and local levels. Mr. Betancourt is a recurring contributor in panels and publications for relevant think tanks in Washington, D.C. and the Americas. He also advises high-level officials in the strategic implementation of priority policies.

Prior to joining Chemonics, Mr. Betancourt was the executive director of the National Center for Crime Prevention and senior social policy advisor at the President’s Office of the Government of Mexico.

Enrique is a Yale World Fellow, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, and holds a master’s degree in urban design from Harvard University.

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Target Interventions to Reduce Homicides in Mexico

Homicides in Mexico had been steadily falling since hitting their peak between 2010 and 2011, but sudden spikes in 2015 and 2016 are causing the international community to look around for answers. October 2016 was the most violent month in nearly four years, appearing to wipe out recent progress. The good news is that based…

The Missing Reform, Strengthening the Rule of Law in Mexico

This book, edited by Viridiana Ríos and Duncan Wood, examines structural reforms in Mexico.