Analysis & Commentary

Guatemala Corruption Scandals Signal End of Era of Impunity

The uncovering of a series of massive corruption scandals in Guatemala has sparked a succession of widespread public protests. This could be an opportunity to push for political and institutional reforms to root out corruption and strengthen Guatemalan institutions.

The Seven Steps of Drug Policy Reform in Ecuador

Recent History and a Look toward the Future
Ecuador has entered a new era in drug policy and legislation. Taken in the context of past reforms, what does the latest legislation mean?

What Colombia's 'Truth Commission' Can, and Can't, Do

Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacon explains the mandate of the recently-established truth commission in Colombia, as the country's peace talks face a fragile moment.

Analysis and Information on Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

A list of resources regarding Mexico's investigation of the 43 disappeared students.
In September 2014, forty-three students in the state of Guerrero were forcibly disappeared after a series of attacks by local police.

With Colombia's Conflict Escalating, What's Next for Peace Talks?

Colombia’s peace process with the FARC continues to wobble from the blow dealt by an April 15 guerrilla attack. Is there any way for the government and guerrillas to move peace talks forward?

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

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.