There is Hope For Ending Police Corruption in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- In a step toward solving one of Latin America's most unrelenting problems, five Latin American countries sent delegates from police and civil society last week to a conference in Brazil to discuss police reform.

The delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico met in Rio de Janeiro at a seminar sponsored by non-governmental organizations, including the Open Society Institute. Next year, they plan to invite five more countries in an attempt to create a permanent forum on the issue.

The problems are well known: violence, corruption and a lack of respect for the common citizen are commonplace in Latin America.

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