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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.

Peru’s Presidential Elections: Money Laundering Investigation into Top Fujimori Aide Raises Critical Questions

Analysis & Commentary
In the midst of the neck-and-neck electoral race between Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, news that Fujimori’s top aide is being investigated for money laundering has raised fresh questions about Fujimori’s candidacy.

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
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.

In Peru Election, the Race for 2nd Place May Be Most Important

Analysis & Commentary
Peruvians head to the polls Sunday in what is a hotly contested election. The candidate who wins the coveted second position in Sunday’s vote may very well be the country’s next president.

Peru Elections 2016: Back to the Future?

Analysis & Commentary
Elections in Peru are just five days away, and concerns that the process lacks legitimacy may undermine the authority of whoever is ultimately elected president.

Peru's Electoral Tribunal Must Guarantee Fair, Open Presidential Election

Candidate Disqualification Undermines Election’s Legitimacy
Peruvian electoral officials' decision to bar candidate Julio Guzmán from seeking office is completely disproportionate to his infraction. it constitutes an affront to democracy and the rule of law, and should promptly be overturned upon review.

Producers of Prohibited Plants Convene in Holland

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.

Increasing Incarceration for Drug Offenses in Latin America

Discourse vs. Reality
Analysis & Commentary
According to new research, incarceration for low-level drug offenses in increasing throughout Latin America.

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

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

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

How the film 'NN' explores issues of the missing in Peru

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt introduced the film 'NN' at the AFI's Latin American Film Festival, where she spoke about enforced disappearances in Peru during the years of political violence.

A Night at the Movies with WOLA

WOLA and the American Film Institute are partnering to present two feature films at the annual Latin American Film Festival: NN, about Peru's attempts to come to terms with its past, on September 20; and Alias María, a depiction of Colombia's deadly armed conflict, on September 26.

Screening of 'NN:' Join WOLA at the AFI's Latin American Film Festival

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt will introduce NN, a film about political violence in Peru, at the American Film Institute's Latin American Film Festival.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
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.

Building on Progress

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

What does it mean to have a human rights-oriented drug policy?

Analysis & Commentary
The war on drugs has failed; what are the alternative policies that can take its place?

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
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.

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.