Avelardo Valdez

Expert on the relationship between substance abuse and violence and health issues among high-risk groups.

Cleofas and Victor Ramirez Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


  • Gangs, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Public Health of Latino Populations
  • Consequences of Substance Use (U.S. and Mexico)
  • Drug Legalization Policy
  • Immigration Issues (U.S. and Mexico)

Additional Information

Dr Valdez has an expertise on social, political and health issues related to the Mexican American and Mexican populations


  • English
  • Spanish

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