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World Leaders Convene in New York for Landmark UN Drug Summit as Opposition to Drug War Mounts

WOLA Experts will be in Attendance, Presenting at the UN
News
This week, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York for the highest-level meeting on drug policy in nearly two decades.

Women are Bearing the Brunt of our Most Punitive Drug Policies

Analysis & Commentary
From Colombia to Thailand, drug policy reforms are urgently needed to end the mass incarceration of women for drug offences. Here’s what we can do about it.

Women, Drug Policies and Incarceration

Video
In this presentation at the OAS, human rights and legal experts present a new guide for policymakers designed to reduce the mass incarceration of women in Latin America.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
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.

The Societal Cost of Locking Up Women for Low-Level Drug Offenses

News
A working group of human rights experts, legal specialists, and government officials throughout Latin America has published a policy roadmap for the region to reduce the unjust levels of women’s incarceration for drug offenses.

Religion, Environment and Social Conflict in Latin America

Video
Join us for a presentation that examines key cases which offer a perspective on the ways in which religion impacts multilateral climate policy.

Producers of Prohibited Plants Convene in Holland

News
Around 60 producers of coca, poppy and cannabis from 15 different countries and their representatives are expected to convene in The Netherlands this week to raise awareness of the poverty and conflict caused by the global war on drugs.

New Studies Reveal Increase in Incarceration for Drug Offenses in the Americas

News
Despite the current debate in Latin America on the need to rethink drug policy, mass incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses has increased across the region.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights in the Americas

Video
Drug policy reformers from throughout the hemisphere present on how drug policies have violated human rights.

"Building on Progress" in Bolivia

Kathryn Ledebur on Bolivia's Unheralded Drug Policy Success
Publication
Bolivia's government has rejected the U.S. model of illegal drug control—and cultivation of coca has dropped by 34%. Adam talks with Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network, co-author of a new report with WOLA.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
Publication
This joint report analyzes the effects of drug policy in the Americas, including the militarization of law enforcement, the criminalization of consumption, the weakening of due process guarantees, mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and restrictions on access to health care.

New Report: Bolivia’s Innovative Coca Policy Secures Major Drop in Cultivation

Building on Progress: Bolivia Consolidates Achievements in Reducing Coca and Looks to Reform Decades-old Drug Law
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Bolivia’s Innovative Coca Policy Secures Major Drop in Cultivation

Bolivian Experience Holds Lessons for Andean Countries, Offers Alternative to Forced Eradication
News
Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to new United Nations data. An analysis of this data by WOLA and the Andean Information Network (AIN) reveals that the country’s coca policy—which relies on “cooperative coca reduction” rather than forced eradication—is responsible for the drop.

Building on Progress

Bolivia Consolidates Achievements in Reducing Coca and Looks to Reform Decades-old Drug Law
Publication
For the fourth consecutive year, Bolivia has reduced its coca cultivation without resorting to harmful forced eradication programs.

Pope’s Visit to Bolivia Underscores Need for Drug Law Reform

Analysis & Commentary
In a long-anticipated trip, Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia today. His trip underscores the need for drug law reform.

Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
News
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.

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?
Analysis & Commentary
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.

Can Glyphosate Cause Cancer? A Nail in the Coffin of Coca Fumigation

Herbicide Used in Controversial Aerial Spraying Program Likely Causes Cancer
Analysis & Commentary
New findings linking glyphosate and cancer have serious implications for aerial spraying of coca crops in Colombia.

4 Ways to Promote Development and Reduce the Cultivation of Prohibited Plants

WOLA, colleagues present on alternative development at the UN
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Coletta Youngers joined civil society colleagues at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna to present alternatives to failed drug policies.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.