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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
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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.

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.

WOLA's Joy Olson Commemorates Oscar Romero in Letter to Archbishop of San Salvador

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In honor of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson honors his legacy and vision in a letter to the current Archbishop of San Salvador, Mon. Jose Luis Escobar Alas.

Violent Responses to Crime in Central America

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On May 20, WOLA and FIU hosted a panel discussion on security challenges in Central America and the dangers of pursuing repressive policies to confront crime and violence.

The Study of Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

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On May 14, WOLA and AU hosted a panel discussion on conceptual and methodological advances in research addressing pressing urban issues in Latin America.

The House Defense Bill Would Give Central America US$50 Million In New Military Aid

The proposed aid, not part of the "Alliance for Prosperity," follows the old drug-war model
Analysis & Commentary
The House Armed Services Committee threw an extra US$50 million in drug war aid for Central America into the 2016 Defense bill.

A Historic Summit of the Americas

Cuba Participation and New Prospects for U.S. Engagement with the Region
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The upcoming Summit of the Americas will be the first such gathering attended by the government of Cuba, and presents new opportunities for the future of U.S.-Latin American relations.

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

WOLA Monitoring the Administration's Central America Aid Request

Smart Investment Means Effectively Targeting Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following the Obama administration's historic billion-dollar aid request to Central America for FY2016, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

Analysis & Commentary
In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

What’s in the Billion-Dollar Aid Request for Central America?

The proposed aid package would mostly benefit civilian institutions over "drug war" priorities. Here's how it breaks down:
Analysis & Commentary
On February 2 the State Department asked Congress for US$1 billion in new aid to Central America for 2016. While we await more details, the aid proposal seems to recognize the need to address the full range of root causes driving violence and lack of opportunity—and thus forced migration—in Central America's "Northern Triangle."

Obama's $1 Billion Central America Request: Great News, Now to Invest Wisely

Smart Investments Must Effectively Target Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
President Barack Obama's FY2016 budget request is a giant step in the right direction, but tackling insecurity, poor governance, and lack of economic opportunities requires being smart about directing aid to countries or agencies that have demonstrated the political will to fight corruption and impunity.

Obama Administration’s Budget Request for Central America a Welcome Step

Smart Investments Must Target Corruption, Endemic Violence, and Poverty
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On Monday, the Obama Administration will release its FY2016 budget request, including a $1 billion fund for Central America, aimed at assisting the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in addressing the root causes of migration from the region.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

UNGASS in 2016 will offer the highest-level debate on drug policy in recent history
Analysis & Commentary
In April 2016, the United Nations will convene a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) specifically related to drugs. Click here to learn more about what WOLA is hoping the historic event will achieve, and what we're doing to make our goals a reality.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

WOLA Endorses Uruguayan Candidate for Next OAS Secretary General

Foreign Minister Luis Almagro is a Great Candidate to Ensure Human Rights in the Hemisphere
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WOLA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro in his candidacy to be the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). WOLA believes that Minister Almagro is a great candidate to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in the region.

WOLA Statement on President Obama's Action on Immigration

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President Obama has taken important steps to provide relief to millions of families who have been living and working in this country but who have lived in constant fear of unjust detention and deportation. The President’s actions will offer millions of people a chance to live with dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.

Building the Future in Central America

Requires Smart Investments in Safe and Sustainable Communities
Analysis & Commentary
On November 14, Vice President Joe Biden, the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and the president of the IDB met to develop a joint plan for Central America. In light of the discussions, 17 civil society organizations in the U.S. and Central America outlined 6 key principles that ought to guide the new Central American strategy.

U.S. Institutions Donate $134,000 for Programs at the University of Central America in El Salvador

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the slaying of six Jesuit priests in 1989, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation have made gifts to the UCA.

Calls for Justice Continue on 10th Anniversary of Soto Murder in El Salvador

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This year marks 10th anniversary of the assassination of Gilberto Soto, a representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who was killed while visiting El Salvador. WOLA joins the Teamsters and human rights groups in decrying the lack of action by the Salvadoran government on the case.