All Content: Guatemala

Guatemala Must Guarantee Safety of Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez and Defend Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law

News
WOLA expresses its deep concern over the threats and intimidation made against Guatemalan judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez, who is currently hearing the landmark "La Linea" corruption case.

International Organizations Call for Open, Public Trial in Guatemala Genocide Case

News
Today WOLA joins with nine other human rights organizations in submitting an amicus brief calling for the separation of the current court proceedings against two alleged architects of genocide during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.

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.

TEDx Talk: WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's on How the Fight against Corruption and Impunity Can Be Won

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Adriana Beltrán, who has championed a comprehensive approach to tackling insecurity, violence, and organized crime in Central America, discusses the success of the CICIG in Guatemala at the TEDxMidAtlantic conference.

Ríos Montt Genocide Retrial Starts Amidst Controversy

Analysis & Commentary
After several false starts, the retrial proceedings against former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt and his intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sanchez in the Maya Ixil genocide case began on March 16, 2016.

International NGOs Call for Transparency in Selection of Guatemalan Constitutional Court Justices

News
International NGO Coalition calls for Guatemalan Constitutional Court selection to be merit-based and urges President Morales to act transparently.

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.

Guatemala Opens Landmark Sexual Violence Trial Against Former Military Officers

Analysis & Commentary
An important litmus test for the Guatemala justice system, on February 1, 2016, the landmark Sepur Zarco trial began in Guatemala.

Citizen Security in Central America: Root Causes and New Approaches

The evolving U.S. response to violence in the Northern Triangle
Publication
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.

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.

Ghosts of Past Violence Haunt Guatemala’s New President

Analysis & Commentary
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.

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.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

Analysis & Commentary
After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.