Call Now to Save Your Life: A Colombian Experiment in Homicide Prevention
An innovative new program identifies potential murder victims — and whisks them away before it’s too late.
The Homicide Prevention Protocol has saved at least 58 people since it was launched last year. It’s the latest initiative from a city that has for years been in the vanguard of violence-reduction efforts in Latin America — and offers proof that even the deadliest places are not hopeless. Since Pablo Escobar and his hitmen made Medellín the world’s murder capital in the early 1990s, with about 380 homicides per 100,000 people, that rate has plummeted by 95 percent.