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The new refugees: crime and forced displacement in Latin America

In Latin America, recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people forced to flee from their homes due to the activities of organised criminal groups. What are the reasons behind this emerging crisis of forced displacement in the Americas? Who are these criminal groups and how do they operate in Central America, Mexico and Colombia? Who are the victims and how can their needs be met in these violent and insecure contexts? Can law and policy offer a humanitarian response to this crisis? As the first book to deal with this rapidly evolving phenomenon, this innovative collection offers a range of fresh perspectives from leading experts working across Latin America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Crime and forced displacement in Latin America David James Cantor and Nicolás Rodríguez Serna 1. The evolution of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean Steven Dudley 2. Gangs in Central America’s Northern Triangle: narratives and journeys Ámparo Marroquín Parducci 3. Gang violence as a cause of forced migration in the Northern Triangle of Central America David James Cantor 4. Internal displacement in Mexico: the debate on concepts, statistics and State responsibility Laura Rubio Díaz Leal 5. Post-demobilisation groups and forced displacement in Colombia: a quantitative approach Gabriel Rojas Andrade 6. A silenced exodus: intra-urban displacement in Medellín Beatriz Eugenia Sánchez Mojica 7. The displaced as victims of organised crime: Mexico and Colombia compared Nicolás Rodríguez Serna and Jean-François Durieux 8. Persecution, politics and protection in the United States: finding refuge from organised crime in the Americas Sarnata Reynolds International protection of persons displaced by organised crime: Latin American legal and policy frameworks David James Cantor

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