Citizen Security Expert Joins Creative Associates International


June 12, 2015

An expert in providing solutions to communities consumed by violence, extremism and transnational crime will lead Creative Associates International’s efforts to respond and reduce these growing threats. (

Enrique Roig will guide Creative’s work developing and implementing what are known as “citizen security” programs around the world.

Creative’s comprehensive approach to citizen security recognizes that prevention, intervention and re-entry programs combined with law enforcement efforts will stem these growing threats and create stable environments. Creative matches appropriate programs to the specific levels of risk faced by different populations.

“Real and lasting improvements to citizen security can only be achieved through a balanced approach that empowers communities and governments to create safer neighborhoods and more secure states,” says Roig, who will be based in Creative’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “Creative is a leader in citizen security programs worldwide and I am proud to join its staff.”

Roig and his team—which includes violence prevention and intervention specialists Guillermo Cespedes, Harold Sibaja and Salvador Stadthagen—will 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.


Creative's approach to citizen security

Creative takes an integrated and holistic approach to citizen security, recognizing that neither prevention programs alone nor a singular focus on law enforcement or suppression will stem epidemic levels of violence, extremism and transnational crime. Watch Video

“Enrique’s expertise in citizen security will be an asset to Creative’s work in this critical arena,” says Tom Wheelock, Creative’s Senior Vice President and Senior Director. “With his depth of experience, Enrique knows first-hand the complexities and realities of implementing effective citizen security programs.”

In particular, Wheelock says, “Enrique will be looking at how best practices employed in programs that reduce violence associated with gangs can be applied to the preventative and intervention phases of countering violent extremism programming.”

Previously, Roig was the Coordinator for the Central American Regional Security Initiative and a Citizen Security Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has 17 years of experience in democratization and governance, conflict prevention and resolution, and humanitarian assistance. He has led international development and citizen security initiatives in Colombia, Panama and Serbia.

“We are excited to have Enrique join our organization and we look forward to using his talents to advance Creative’s citizen security initiatives worldwide,” says Creative’s President Leland Kruvant.

Roig holds a M.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

About Creative Associates International

Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace. (

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 15 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.

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