Policing the Poor in the World's Cities: Perspectives from the Philippines and Latin America

Wagner's Office of International Programs, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, the New York Southeast Asia Network, and the Columbia School of Journalism

6:00pm - 8:00pm
April 24, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Rm 216 , 40 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012

This panel explores the nexus between urban poverty, policing, and violence. It will explore how violence is woven into the fabric of policing strategies that have focused on the security and safety of the rich and the middle class, and on criminalizing the poor as thieves, drug addicts, and scoundrels. Seen in this light, the war on crime is but the latest expression of a decades-long war against the urban poor.



Mary Racelis, The Long Struggle for Rights in the City: Perspectives from the Philippines

Ronald Mendoza, Using News Reports to Estimate Drug Casualties in the Philippines

Martha Susana Jaimes Builes, Urban Segregation, Inequality, and the Drug War in Colombia

Bruno Paes Manzo, Citizen Security and Homicides in Brazil: Patterns and Variations

Ronna Risquez, Police Violence and Death Squads in Venezuela

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President Rodrigo Duterte came to power by promising a bloody war on drugs. Since he assumed office in July 2016, thousands of drug users and dealers have been killed in both police operations and murders by unknown assailants. Nearly all of these victims were poor Filipinos who lived in informal settlements in the country’s largest and most populous cities.