Analysis & Commentary

Release of Three Soldiers Accused of Extrajudicial Killings Raises Further Questions about Mexico’s Commitment to Justice

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced a federal judge’s decision to release three soldiers charged in the “Tlatlaya massacre”—the massacre of 22 civilians in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico in June 2014.

Peru’s Presidential Elections: Money Laundering Investigation into Top Fujimori Aide Raises Critical Questions

In the midst of the neck-and-neck electoral race between Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, news that Fujimori’s top aide is being investigated for money laundering has raised fresh questions about Fujimori’s candidacy.

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policies 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 were convicted and imprisoned for drug offenses in Colombia and Costa Rica. These are their stories.

Brazil’s Impeachment Process: What You Need to Know

Brazil's impeachment debate has exposed some of the most alarming issues facing the country today, from political polarization and endemic corruption to lingering nostalgia for Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Uruguay's Cannabis Law Makes Big Strides, But Faces Serious Challenges

Nearly two and half years after becoming law, Uruguay’s pioneering plan to regulate every level of the national market for cannabis is finally on the verge of taking shape. While implementation has proceeded at a deliberate pace, recent advances provide a glimpse of what full implementation will look like.

Colombia’s Contradictory Return to Coca Fumigation

Government Calls for Reforms at UNGASS, but Backtracks at Home
On April 18, the Colombian government restarted use of the harmful and ineffective herbicide glyphosate to destroy coca crops, months after the government suspended aerial spraying because the chemical was found to likely be carcinogenic.

New Institutions in Mexico Could Expand Justice for Migrants

Every year, tens of thousands of migrants pass through Mexico on their journey north towards the United States, and they are routinely preyed upon by both criminal organizations and corrupt government officials in the country.

U.S. Civil Society Expresses Outrage by Response to Peaceful Protest in Colombia

Letter to Ambassador Pinzon Calls on Investigation of Abuses
In this letter to the he Colombian Ambassador to the United States, civil society organizations in the United States express their outrage by the government's response to peaceful protest in Northern Cauca and call on the Colombian government to investigate the abuses committed during the protest.