Mexico City

Timeline: 2018-2022.  

This project, in partnership with Professor Rodrigo Canales of Boston University, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Mexico City government, is focused on adapting evidence-informed U.S. violence reduction models to some of Mexico City’s most challenging and violent neighborhoods.  Specifically, we are supporting the Ministry of Citizen Security, in partnership with the Mayor of Mexico City, to adapt GVI/focused deterrence and community violence intervention principles to their local context through the Alto Al Fuego strategy.

This work confronts the many complex challenges of improving public safety in modern-day Mexico. Early results include: 

  • Large, multi-year reductions in homicides in the Plateros neighborhood of Mexico City since the beginning of implementation.  
  • Early survey work shows improvements in the perception of local government by neighborhood residents who have received support through Alto Al Fuego.
  • This effort has subsequently been expanded to three additional Mexico City neighborhoods with violence challenges.
  • More findings are currently being evaluated in partnership with Boston University and IPA.

To read more about this innovative work, see this case study co-written by Professor Rodrigo Canales, Alina Beltran (IPA) and Vaughn Crandal (CPSC) and local press coverage.

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