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Migration & Security

Progress at Risk? First Annual Conference on Security, Migration, and Rule of Law in the Northern Triangle


June 25, 2019


08:30am-04:30pm UTC-5


Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, WA 20004, United States




Record numbers of Central Americans have fled the countries of the Northern Triangle during the first half of 2019, giving rise to abundant questions about how to address the drivers of migration. Central to addressing the challenge of migration is the ability of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, together with the United States, to effectively reduce violence and homicides; fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law; reform the police; and reintegrate returning or deported migrants.

Please join the Latin American Program and the Seattle International Foundation  for a conference on Central American Security and Migration, featuring researchers from throughout the region who will present new findings on the complex issues driving migration and insecurity and discuss options for addressing these challenges.

*Please note: There will be simultaneous interpretation


Adriana Beltrán


Citizen Security Program and Central America Monitor, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Alberto Trejos

Director and Dean

INCAE Business School

Álvaro Montenegro


Alianza por las Reformas, Guatemala

Cynthia Arnson


Latin American Program, Wilson Center

David Dye

Lead author of "Police Reform in Honduras: The Role of the Special Purge and Transformation Commission"

Erik Alda

Creative Associates

Jane Harman

Director, President, and CEO

Wilson Center

Julia Gelatt

Senior Policy Analyst, US Immigration Program

Migration Policy Institute

Laura Chioda

Senior Economist, The Chief Economist Office of the Latin American and Caribbean Region

World Bank

Maria Elena Rivera

Program Coordinator, Program on Public Policy Studies


Mario Herrera

Lead author “Homicides in Central America: Toward a better understanding of the trends, causes, and territorial dynamics."

Estado de la región

Mauricio Díaz

General Coordinator


Norma J. Torres


Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Odir Fernández


Anti-Corruption Commission of Honduras

Omar Rivera


Special Commission for the Purging and Reform of the National Police, Honduras


The Latin American Program and the Seattle International Foundation hosted a conference on Central American Security and Migration, where researchers from throughout the region presented new findings and solutions to the complex issues driving migration and insecurity in the Northern Triangle.