Mortal Doubt: Gang and Order in Guatemala City: A Hispanic/Latinx Heritage event

Mortal Doubt: Gangs and Order in Guatemala City by Anthony W. Fontes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University

For decades, Central America has been the most violent non-combat zone in the world. The Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street, the world’s largest transnational gangs (or maras), have become the spectacular face of this violence. Born out of histories of state terror, migration and US deportation, these gangs have evolved into brutal organizations engaged in extortion, contract killings and the drug trade. Based on years of fieldwork inside Central American prisons, gang-dominated neighborhoods and migration routes to the United States, Dr. Fontes illuminates how the maras have become so crucial for making and mooring collective terror in Central American cities while tracing the ties that bind this violence to those residing in far safer environs. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Peace, Justice and Human Rights at www.fau.edu/pjhr.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Culture and Society, Rm. 301
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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diversity, Student Affairs, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage

Boca Raton campus


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Catherine Aroca

Catherine Aroca left a positive review 10/4/2018

Dr. Fontes is truly knowledgeable about this topic of Gang Culture and the Guatemalan country. Enjoyed listening and learn about a social issue I did not know about or think about which is the world of the gangs. I do not hear about this too often in my world space, and broadening my scope and perspective on different topics is why I enjoy being here in higher education and FAU.