Under the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), USAID supports community-based efforts to prevent crime and gang activity, reintegrate ex-gang members, and promote juvenile justice. Programs also provide teenage pregnancy prevention and life-skills training as well as vocational training and basic education for at-risk youth. USAID activities build community cohesion, strengthen local governance, improve physical and social infrastructure, and educate and empower youth to address the root issues that cause young people to become involved in criminal activities. Through partnerships with the Government of Honduras, local governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector, USAID efforts target both urban areas facing gang problems and vulnerable rural communities with a high incidence of drug trafficking.
Last updated: May 10, 2013