Pamela Ruiz

Pamela Ruiz

Analyst, Central America

Crisis Group Role

As analyst for Central America, Pamela conducts research on people who commit crime, conflict and violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Immersed in Central American realities, she reports nuanced perspectives on evolving criminal trends and derives practical policy solutions for a variety of audiences.

Professional Background

Pamela holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice/The Graduate Center, CUNY; an MA in Social Science with a concentration on Demography and Social Analysis; and BAs in Cognitive Psychology and Chicano/Latino Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She was a Fulbright fellow to El Salvador, a Dean K. Harrison fellow to Honduras and Guatemala, and a postdoctoral fellow at New York University’s Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research. She has experience working in the private sector on projects for the Department of Defense, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and USAID.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gangs
  • Organised crime
  • Governance
  • Drug trafficking
  • Extortion
  • Violence
  • Mixed-methods


  • English
  • Spanish

In The News

13 Nov 2023
Most [Central American] governments have recognized that what is of clear interest to the US is migration … They will either become partners or adversaries on this issue. AP

Pamela Ruiz

Analyst, Central America

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