All Content: El Salvador

Legal Attacks on Salvadoran Journalist Héctor Silva Have a Chilling Effect on Freedom of Expression

News
The defamation lawsuit against Silva appears to be an effort to intimidate and discourage Silva from continuing his investigative reporting.

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.

Which Central American Military and Police Units Get the Most U.S. Aid?

Analysis & Commentary
In 2016, Central American military and police forces will receive more U.S. assistance than they have in over a decade. Here's what we know.

Digging for the Truth: Access to Information about Forced Disappearances in Wartime El Salvador

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A discussion with Salvadoran-American children survivors of forced disappearances and human rights advocates from the United States and El Salvador on the situation of forced disappearances during the civil war in El Salvador and the state of impunity permeating the judicial system today.

Citizen Security Strategies, Hardline Policing, and Human Rights Issues in El Salvador

Video
In this panel discussion, experts discuss the current security dynamic in El Salvador, the policies and measures being implemented by the Sanchéz Ceren administration, and the role of the Attorney General.

President Obama and the Disappeared

Analysis & Commentary
Today, crimes of equally heinous proportions are happening in El Salvador and the international community appears to be unaware, or indifferent.

What’s in the Administration’s 2017 Central America Aid Request?

Analysis & Commentary
The Obama administration's fiscal year 2017 foreign aid budget request again includes substantial assistance for Central America to help address the violence, weak governance, and lack of economic opportunity driving migration from the region.

WOLA Launches Central America Aid Monitor

New initiative will evaluate efforts against corruption, violence, and impunity in the Northern Triangle
News
WOLA's Central America Aid Monitor will track and evaluate how U.S. aid is being used to address the problems of corruption, violence, and impunity that have plagued the region in recent years.

Historic Breakthrough in the Case of Jesuits Murdered in El Salvador in 1989

What a U.S court’s decision to extradite a high-ranking military officer could mean for justice and human rights in El Salvador
Analysis & Commentary
After almost thirty years of impunity, there may finally be some measure of justice for the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered by the Salvadoran military in San Salvador in 1989.

Citizen Security in Central America: Root Causes and New Approaches

The evolving U.S. response to violence in the Northern Triangle
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A look at some of the concerns in Congress and elsewhere about political will, corruption, and human rights, and discuss strategies that can help Central Americans feel safer where they live—without repeating the ineffective and military-heavy approaches of the past

A Future at Home: Investing in Youth Opportunity in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
Today, WOLA is releasing a report that focuses on the lack of opportunity for youth in the Northern Triangle of Central America. As the U.S. begins discussions on its FY2017 budget, the report sheds light on what needs to be done to provide opportunities for youth.

Historic Extradition in Emblematic Case of Murdered Jesuit Priests in El Salvador

News
Salvadoran Colonel Orlando Montano will be extradited to Spain, where he will stand trial for his role in planning the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women in San Salvador in 1989.

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.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
Analysis & Commentary
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.

U.S. Increases Central America Aid, But It’s No Blank Check

Analysis & Commentary
New conditions on U.S. aid to Central America show that the fight against corruption, the protection of human rights, and the strengthening of public institutions are high on Congress' agenda. Now it is up to the governments of Central America to demonstrate a similar commitment.

Obama’s Billion Dollar Aid Request to Central America: How has it changed?

Analysis & Commentary
The latest bills from Congress cut back on President Obama’s aid request while increasing military assistance. Here is an update of current funding proposals for Central America.

Human Rights Prosecutions and El Salvador’s Justice System

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Please join us for an update on the status of key human rights cases in El Salvador and the capacity of the country's criminal justice system to respond.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights in the Americas

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

Creating New Opportunities for Central American Youth

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Join WOLA in a conversation with Father Francisco “Paco” Iznardo and William Reese on promising programs that connect youth with employment and more hopeful futures despite a reality of widespread violence, lack of quality education, job training, and entry-level jobs.

Using Militaries as Police in Latin America: A Discussion on Citizen Security and the Way Forward

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Why have governments in Central America turned to their troops to provide domestic security? A WOLA-Center for International Policy (CIP) forum assesses how this trend affects populations, overall security, and civil-military relations.