In Search of Police and Justice Reform: Lessons from Ethiopia and Latin America


Friday, December 5, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Emebet Kebede Cherenet, MC-Mason ’15, and Yanilda González, Ph.D., Ash Center Democracy Fellow

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event

As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have highlighted, police and criminal justice systems are inextricably linked to the health of local governance. Mason Fellow Emebet Kebede Cherenet will discuss ten years of experience in justice and security reform programs and in strengthening community participation in local governance in Ethiopia. Democracy Fellow Yanilda González will share her dissertation research investigating the role of formal mechanisms for community participation in police reform in Latin America, for which she conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. The discussion will weigh administrative or legal approaches against more political or citizen empowerment approaches to local security and criminal justice reform.

About the Series

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.