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Preventing Crime and Violence in Mexico .

Democracy and Governance | Violence Prevention | Local Governance and Decentralization
Latin America and the Caribbean

Juntos Para la Prevención de la Violencia

Project Dates: October 2015 - October 2020
With better partnerships across the government and civil society organizations, Mexico can improve the way it targets crime and violence in vulnerable communities.

In Mexico, long-standing cycles of crime and violence continue to limit local communities’ ability to govern and live peacefully. USAID’s Juntos Para la Prevención de la Violencia project, which loosely translates as “preventing violence together,” improves the way that the Mexican government monitors crime and violence as well as designs and implements prevention policies. The project works at the federal, state, and municipal levels in five communities that were selected based on high crime rates, local political will, and the strength of civil society and private sector institutions.


percent increase in municipal governments' institutional capacity


cross-sectoral projects with improved evidence-generation capacities


percent decrease in violence among youth served

Project Goals

  • Help civil society organizations to provide violence prevention support to communities
  • Develop public-private partnerships across communities to lay the foundation for long-term citizen security
  • Promote the adoption of evidence-based crime and violence prevention practices and policies within local systems
  • Cooperate with civil society organizations that work with vulnerable populations, such as women and youth, who are disproportionately affected by narcotrafficking crime and violence
  • Design and implement innovative, successful crime prevention models in the target communities, and replicate these models elsewhere in Mexico