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

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.

Citizen Security in Central America: Root Causes and New Approaches

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

Creating New Opportunities for Central American Youth

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.

WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's Testimony Before the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Analysis & Commentary
What drives a child or teenager to leave his or her home community in San Salvador or San Pedro Sula, and risk everything to make the extremely dangerous journey north? For many of these children, it is knowing how terrifying and potentially life threatening not going could be.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

New WOLA report: Mexico's Other Border

Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
WOLA associates Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer examine migration patterns, human trafficking and smuggling, security, and U.S. and Mexican policy at Mexico's southern border.

Challenges for El Salvador’s New Administration

Analysis & Commentary
Salvador Sánchez Cerén will have to confront significant criminal, economic, and political difficulties as he takes office as President of El Salvador. The U.S. and international community should play a supportive role as the new administration addresses these serious problems.

Jim DeMint’s Fear-Mongering About El Salvador

WOLA responds to the Heritage Foundation's scare tactics
Analysis & Commentary
DeMint and the Heritage Foundation substitute mud-slinging for serious analysis of El Salvador's upcoming presidential elections.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
Analysis & Commentary
Something sinister is happening in the Mexican state of Veracruz. This week, another journalist was murdered there, the tenth killed in Veracruz since current governor Javier Duarte took office in December 2010. Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Obama-Santos Meeting Should Highlight Human, Labor Rights Issues in Colombia

Human Rights Groups Call on White House to Pressure Colombian President on Continued Rights Violations, Express Support for Peace
Analysis & Commentary
On December 3, 2013, President Obama will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Obama should emphasize U.S. support for the peace process and press for more progress on human rights.

Public Security in El Salvador: Civilian Leadership and the Challenges Ahead

The Constitutional Court’s Dismissal of Generals Munguía Payés and Salinas
Analysis & Commentary
On Friday, May 17, the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador’s Supreme Court affirmed that the appointment of former General David Munguía Payés as Minister of Justice and Public Security and former General Francisco Salinas as director of the National Civilian Police violated the constitutional requirement that these posts be held by civilians.

One Year into the Gang Truce in El Salvador

Can the Funes Administration Turn the Fragile Truce into Sustainable Public Policy?
Analysis & Commentary
In March 2012, authorities in El Salvador facilitated a truce between the country’s two largest street gangs, MS-13 and the 18th Street gang. Homicide rates began to drop quickly after the truce was announced, going from around 14 murders a day to about five, and to many observers’ surprise, the truce has now lasted over a year.

Tracking International Anti-Crime and Violence Prevention Efforts in Central America

The Mapping of Internationally-Funded Citizen Security Projects in Central America is a joint initiative of WOLA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to monitor international assistance from multilateral institutions, donor governments, and private foundations to support anti-crime and violence reduction programs in Central America.

WOLA's Human Rights Awards Highlight Strategies to Reduce Violence in Latin America

Today, September 19, 2012, WOLA honors Helen Mack, El Faro, and PASSOS Education and Training Center for their work at the front lines of citizen security in Central America.

WOLA's 2012 Human Rights Awards Ceremony & Benefit Gala

On September 19, WOLA presented its 2012 Human Rights Awards. This year, the theme of the award was Overcoming Violence: The New Human Rights Agenda. Watch the Awards Ceremony here.

WOLA Announces Recipients of its 2012 Human Rights Awards

Theme of Awards Addresses High Levels of Violence in Latin America
Today, WOLA announces the recipients of its 2012 Human Rights Awards. This year, the theme of the award is Overcoming Violence: The New Human Rights Agenda. WOLA’s Human Rights Awards will highlight inspiring efforts to confront the most pervasive challenge in Latin America today: the startlingly high levels of violence.

El Salvador's Gang Truce: In Spite of Uncertainty, an Opportunity to Strengthen Prevention Efforts

Analysis & Commentary
On March 10, imprisoned leaders of the two largest street gangs in El Salvador announced a truce, suspending violent conflicts between the two gangs. While many questions remain unanswered, the lull in violence and the dialogue between the gangs presents an opportunity to develop more comprehensive strategies.

WOLA Announces Winners of 2012 Human Rights Awards

This year's awards highlight courageous leaders working to overcome crime and violence in Latin America
The theme of this year’s award ceremony is “Overcoming Violence: The New Human Rights Agenda.” WOLA will honor three courageous and innovative leaders.

Public Security Challenges in El Salvador Today

Comments by Rep. James McGovern
Analysis & Commentary
In remarks at a recent forum on El Salvador sponsored by WOLA and the Moakley Institute at Suffolk University, Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) spoke about the public security crisis in El Salvador today, and what needs to be done to address the institutional challenges.