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John Jay College Receives USAID Grant for Violence Prevention Project in Central America

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded John Jay College of Criminal Justice a $4.98 million grant to create the Academy for Security Analysis. The project will provide training for security and justice sector officials, as well as civil society organizations to improve crime and violence prevention in Central America– a region severely affected by high levels of criminal violence.

Partnering with John Jay College on the project are San Diego State University, Binghamton University – State University of New York, and Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador. The project also has the support of El Salvador’s National Academy of Public Security, which will provide the venue for the Academy for Security Analysis.

Participants in the training program will acquire substantive knowledge and develop quantitative skills including experimental or quasi-experimental research techniques to design and assess the impact of policy interventions to reduce crime and violence.

For more information about the Academy for Security Analysis visit or contact Professor Javier Osorio, leader of the project, at:


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