When: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10 AM
Where: Congressional Meeting Room South, Capitol Visitors Center
This briefing is part of the monthly briefing series hosted by Sam Farr, Member of Congress, called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in speakers to address issues in the Western Hemisphere.
Latin America struggles with chronic violence and insecurity. In 2012, 1 in 3 citizens reported being impacted by violent crime and 50% perceived a deterioration in security. While insecurity has many manifestations, the presence of landmines in one third of Latin American countries contributes to the face of violence in many parts of the Western Hemisphere.
Colombia alone has the second highest number of landmine victims in the world, surpassed only by Afghanistan. Since 1990, over 10,000 citizens, including nearly 1,000 children, have been wounded or killed by landmines and estimates suggest clearing all the active mines in Colombia could take over a decade.
Colombia is not the only Latin American country affected by landmines. For the seven mine-affected states in the Americas, the context of this violence is a complicated picture of civilian, military, economic, and development factors. Addressing this larger context of violence is essential to resolving the conflicts and insecurity that can result in the use of landmines.
Elizabeth MacNairn, Executive Director, Handicap International
Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein, Associate Director, Center for International Stabilization & Recovery, James Madison University
Beth Cole, Director, Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation, United States Agency for International Development
June Beittel, Analyst in Latin American Affairs, Congressional Research Service
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