San Salvador, June 7th, 2017 - On June 5th, the Academy for Security Analysis held its launch event at the Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas" (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The event marked the beginning of the training program and welcomed participants and faculty. Rector Andreu Oliva de la Esperanza of the Central American University José Simeón Cañas (UCA) began the event welcoming the attendees. The audience met the Academy for Security Analysis' first cohort and learned about their proposed Pilot Policy Projects (PPP), six of which will be selected to receive seed funding, after a competitive contest. Adam Schmidt, Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance of USAID / El Salvador, also attended the launch event and emphasized on International Cooperation and Evidence-Based Public Policy.
The Academy for Security Analysis is possible thanks to the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) El Salvador which awarded John Jay College of Criminal Justice a 3-year grant. The Academy for Security Analysis relies on the support of the following implementing partners: UCA, San Diego State University (SDSU), Binghamton University - State University of New York, and a special implementing partner, Academia Nacional de Seguridad Pública (ANSP).
The Academy for Security Analysis seeks to provide training for security and justice sector officials, as well as civil society organizations to improve crime and violence prevention in Central America – a region severely affected by high levels of criminal violence. The Academy for Security Analysis will promote the use of experimental research techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of citizen security policy interventions, as well as public forums in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to foster communication among all stakeholders. The training sessions will take place in June 2017 and January 2018 in the ANSP - El Salvador.
The launch event had the institutional presence of:
- USAID / El Salvador,
- USAID / Honduras,
- USAID / Guatemala,
- United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs (UNODC-ROPAN) in Panamá
- Department of Public Security - Organization of American States
- Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Colombia
- Consejo Nacional de la Judicatura, El Salvador
- Academia Nacional de Seguridad Pública, El Salvador
- Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho (FESPAD), El Salvador
- Procuraduría General de La República, El Salvador
- Universidad de la Policía Nacional, Honduras
- Poder Judicial, Honduras
- Ministerio Público, Honduras
- Policía Nacional de Honduras
- Instituto Universitario en Democracia, Paz y Seguridad (IUDPAS), Honduras
- Procuraduría General de La República, Honduras
- Jóvenes Contra la Violencia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
- Ministerio Público, Guatemala
- Unidad Para La Prevención Comunitaria De La Violencia, Guatemala
- Ministerio de Gobernación, Guatemala
In the first panel, María Victoria Llorente, Executive Director from Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Colombia, Cristian Taboada, Head of the Security and Justice Section of the Organization of American States, and Amado Philip de Andrés, representative of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes in Panamá participated and discussed the Importance of Making Decisions Based on Evidence: International Experiences.
In the second panel, Migdonia Ayestas, Director of Observatorio de la Violencia de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras; Mesil Aguilar Amaya, Rector of Universidad de la Policía Nacional, Honduras; Mildren Georgina Dubón Villeda, Director of Unidad de Programas Especiales, Poder Judicial, Honduras; Rocío Ivonne López, Coordinadora Nacional de Defensoría Pública Penal, El Salvador; Jaime Martínez, General Director of the ANSP, El Salvador and Michael Weintraub, Associate Professor of Universidad de los Andes, participated. The exchange of ideas was based on The Use of Data in the Generation of Public Policies.
The third panel, participated by María Antonieta Josa, President of Consejo Nacional de la Judicatura, El Salvador; Roxana L. Morales, Coordinator of Centro de Justicia Civil, Poder Judicial, Honduras; Mariela Villatoro, Ministerio de Gobernación, Guatemala and Javier Osorio, Associate Professor of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, also focused on The Use of Data in the Generation of Public Policies.
Our panels concluded with our guest speaker, María Victoria Llorente from Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Colombia, who spoke about the The Importance of Making Decisions Based on Evidence based on the Experiences from Colombia.