Analysis & Commentary

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policy in the Americas

Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. The following women are all serving reduced sentences at Costa Rica’s Buen Pastor Prison for having admitted their involvement in the drug market. These are their stories.

Recent Killing of Journalist in Mexico Underscores Need to Strengthen Protections

Government Program to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Faces Serious Challenges
Defenders and journalists will continue to be at risk until authorities investigate and prosecute crimes against them, and implement effective protections.

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Violent Raid Against Migrants and Advocates in State of Tabasco, Mexico

WOLA and LAWG Send Letter to Secretary of the Interior
Concern about increasing raids and other measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants.

The House Defense Bill Would Give Central America US$50 Million In New Military Aid

The proposed aid, not part of the "Alliance for Prosperity," follows the old drug-war model
The House Armed Services Committee threw an extra US$50 million in drug war aid for Central America into the 2016 Defense bill.

Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico Face Threats and Attacks

Three Years After Passage of Landmark Protection Law in Mexico, Significant Challenges Remain