Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.
The 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia provides an excellent opportunity for the U.S. government to learn from the mistakes of the aid package, and ensure that future aid and diplomacy truly contributes to a lasting peace.
Despite being the collective owners of more than 5.5 million hectares of land, collectively titled and with some of the best natural resources in Colombia and in the world, Afro-Colombians face serious consequences that affect their development and survival.
Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
15 Jan 2016
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.
As Jimmy Morales assumes the presidency in Guatemala, the recent arrest of 18 high-ranking retired military officers for war crimes highlights the need to continue tackling corruption and impunity in the country and region.