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Beyond repression II
Start date: Nov 1, 2009,

Maras and Pandillas are strongly linked with the migration phenomenon, as a consequence of the deportation from USA of several young migrants members of these gang in their countries of origin, as well as because of the increasing of the migration flux from Central America to Europe: every day hundreds of Central Americans migrate, leaving grandparents and relatives in charge of the sons and daughters. This causes a lack of educational referents, which together with the context of social exclusion, and lack of opportunities, lead many youngsters, to enter a gang. In continuation with a previous project funded by the "Youth in Action Program" that led to the creation of an international network called "Beyond Repression" in Italy, Spain Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, this project aims to involve 180 among youth leaders and youth workers and 45 trainers, facilitators and staff, to strengthen the network of associations, involving new partners and getting deeper into the comprehension of the problem of juvenile violence and migration dynamics, on the bases of the following themes and priorities: participation of young people, especially with fewer opportunities, awareness-raising of young people vis-à-vis global issues such as migrations; strengthening of civil society, active citizenship and democracy, fight against racism, rehabilitation and minority rights.The main activities are:-A social research, in order to collect and systematize histories of life and instruments of investigation, to define the best actions to deal with such a complex phenomenon together with the direct beneficiaries;-3 meetings to exchange good practices, 2 itinerant workshops in Central America held by Italian experts in theatre of the oppressed and music therapy and 2 permanent round tables among civil society and institutions from Europe and Central America in order to ensure a positive impact on the design of the youth policies of the countries where the project will take place.-A transnational awareness campaign in 5 different countries, in order to have an high impact on the civil society and the institutions dealing with juvenile violence and migration.
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