Director, Citizen Security Practice Area
GETTING TO KNOW ENRIQUE
Enrique Roig is a Director in the Citizen Security Practice Area. In this role, he oversees Creative portfolio program that focus on at-risk youth and also looking at gang prevention and Countering Violent Extremism.
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
I lead our portfolio in Citizen Security that currently focuses on programs in Central America–El Salvador and Honduras; the Caribbean–Guyana, St. Kitts and St. Lucia; and in MENA–Tunisia. The common thread through all of these programs is the Youth Violence Prevention angle in implementing an innovative methodology on secondary violence prevention which we started doing in Honduras that basically works with families of those youth who are at-risk for joining gangs and we are now adopting that model in Tunisia around the issue of radicalization and also piloting this approach now in El Salvador. I work closely with governments, communities, the private sector and others to develop effective and sustainable strategies that improve security, protect citizens’ rights and restore rule of law.
Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
Coming into the position as Coordinator for the Central American Regional Security Initiative with USAID, one of things I noticed quickly was programs in Central America focused on Violence Prevention, we weren’t implementing evidence-based programs to address the issue of youth violence. We were implementing successful programs for youth around sports but not collecting strong evidence on preventing violence and actually reducing homicides and positively impacting youth in order to not be recruiter by gangs. At the time, I began looking at models and approaches in the U.S. and Latin America that were evidence-based. I came across a program in Los Angeles that was run out of the LA Mayor’s office called Gang Reduction and Youth office and they had interesting methodology in diagnosing youth who are at-risk for joining gangs and then working families. We struck up a relationship with the LA Deputy Mayor, Guillermo Cespedes, who played a key role in reducing the city’s gang violence and recruitment and who also happens to work for Creative now, and we were able to sign a MOU between USAID and the city of LA for them to showcase and share those experiences and lessons learned. That was the first time USAID had ever signed a MOU with a city, specifically sharing lessons learned on Violence Prevention.
Youth, Crime and Violence Prevention, Political Development, Civic Advocacy, Humanitarian Assistance, NGO Strengthening, Human Rights
MA in International Relations, American University | BA in Political Science, Westmont College
24 years of experience in democratization and governance, conflict prevention and resolution, and humanitarian assistance in Azerbaijan, Burundi, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Serbia and Panama
English, Spanish, French and working Serbian