The Autonomous Technical Institute of Mexico (Itam) has set up a network to study why youth in situations of social risk join marginalized youth groups. The research will investigate the situation of youth in Mexico, the United States and Central American countries.
Known locally as maras, these groups are seen by society to be violent and out of control. The goal of the Transnational Network of Analysis of Maras is to promote plural dialogue and, by doing so, influence public policies capable of tackling the problem. The program is partially supported by the Kellogg Foundation.
According to the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs, the unit of Itam that is responsible for the project, lack of understanding and social prejudice compound the marginalization of these youth. To learn more, go to http://interamericanos.itam.mx.
Published in Interaction nº 15