El Agora's English Blog

El Agora: like the public square where the Ancient Greeks assembled. An open space for discussion and debate.

Human Security

Since 1996, El Agora has worked in the field of human security, which incorporates dimensions of economics, food security, health, and the environment, as well as personal, community and political life.  We believe that security depends on political and administrative authorities to ensure sustainable public policies, and that it is not the exclusive responsibility of the police or the justice system, or merely a matter of policing crime.

Much of our work involves asking questions and having them reflected back at us; for example, what does security mean to each of us?  What guarantees our security? What generates security for each of us?  What is the relationship between security and crime?  What is a safe city?  What role does solidarity play?  What about impunity?  How do we recover spaces for articulation, coordination and organization?  What alternatives do we have against polarization and social segmentation within our cities?

El Agora encourages participation by a broad range of institutions and invites diverse perpectives.  We examine structural conditions that impede access to income, education and health; and believe that our responses to crime and violence must respect individual dignity, human rights and social inclusion.  Our work seeks to reinforce citizen roles in the urban sphere, and we collaborate with a diverse group of social actors to address problems related to security, violence, housing, education and safety.  These actors represent a broad spectrum, including local residents, doctors, police officers, experts, psychologists, social workers, artists, teachers, city inspectors, and journalists.  We consider the social anchorage of each actor, including their point of view, interests, and urban mission.  We encourage and support communication among social actors, and open up spaces for dialogue within the city.  We also promote network building as a means of conceptualizing the problems we encounter, and devising alternatives.


●         Foro Europeo de Seguridad Cuidadana (European Forum for Urban Safety – http://www.efus.eu/en/)

●         INECIP (Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales y Sociales) – http://www.inecip.org/

●         Cátedra de Criminología – Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

●         Seminario de Criminología – Escuela de Trabajo Social – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

●         Mordaza Cero (revista en la carcel de San Martín) – articles






●         Red Cuidadana Nuestra Córdobahttp://www.nuestracordoba.org.ar/home/

●         Clínica Jurídica (Asociación Civil Clínica Júridica de Interés Público de Córdoba)

●         Sehas (Servicio Habitacional de Acción Social) – http://www.sehas.org.ar/

●         Seap (Se.A.P. – Servicio a la Acción Popular) – http://seap.org.ar/seap/index.php/portada.html

●         Forja (FORJA-Chile, Instituto de Formación Jurídica para la Acción)

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