10.1 CIVIL SOCIE T Y’S ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST
THE ’NDR ANGHE TA
by Claudio La Camera*
This paper presents the role played by Italian civilsociety in the prevention of and
fight against the ’Ndrangheta – a Mafia organization whose roots are in Calabria
(a southern region in Italy) but which nowadays has expanded its presence across
the whole country and all over the world. Using a critical approach, the paper aims
to describe the work conducted by civilsociety organizations in the field in order
to give an overview of the
Evaluación De Gobierno, Trimestre 21 de Felipe Calderón,
* Ingrid Spiller was manager of the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean regional office
of the Heinrich Böll Foundation from February 2007 to May 2012. At present, she is Head
of the Latin America department at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin.
Juan Francisco’s murder became a wake-up call for the paralyzed civilsociety.
He was a member of “mainstream society” with no suspicion of links to organized
crime, nor was he connected to the circles of money and power.