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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.

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

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.

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

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.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

Analysis & Commentary
Guatemala has carried out one of the most remarkable crusades against corruption in the region’s history, leading to the arrest and trial of former president Otto Pérez Molina for his involvement in a massive corruption scheme and inspiring citizens in neighboring countries to call for robust anti-corruption mechanisms.

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

President Obama’s Executive Actions Limit Gun Trafficking Loopholes

Actions Will Help Keep Guns out of the Wrong Hands at Home and Abroad
President Barack Obama has signed new executive actions that will boost enforcement of existing gun laws and make it harder for illegal traffickers to avoid background checks by obtaining guns online or at gun shows.

Statement by Representative Jim McGovern on Ending Corruption and Impunity in Honduras

In a recent statement on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) spoke about the need for Honduras to end corruption and impunity.

Human Rights Prosecutions and El Salvador’s Justice System

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.

Key Elements to Effectively Combat Impunity and Corruption in Honduras

WOLA details five key elements necessary in an effective international mechanism for strengthening the rule of law and combating impunity and corruption in Honduras.

Why Guatemalans Rose Up Against Government Corruption

In an interview on PBS NewsHour, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán explains why Guatemalans have risen up by the thousands to demand an end to government corruption.

Guatemala’s President Resigns: Press Conference Call at 12:30pm Today

Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for a press conference call on the implications of the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina for both Guatemala and the region as a whole.

WOLA report on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The legacy of the CICIG: accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned
In its nearly eight years of existence, the CICIG has achieved transcendental results. This report examines the CICIG as a model mechanism of international support to strengthen the rule of law in countries fraught with high levels of criminal violence, as well as weak and often corrupt security and judicial institutions.

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.

Too Early to Close the Ayotzinapa Case:

The Mexican Government’s Actions Undermine The Rule of Law
WOLA believes it is premature and alarming that federal authorities have announced the end of the investigation into the disappearance of student teachers.

Human Rights in Mexico: Recent Abuses Highlight Persistent Challenges

Recent cases in Iguala, Guerrero and Tlatlaya, State of Mexico raise serious concerns about the actions of Mexico's security forces and the government's commitment to respect human rights, end impunity, and combat corruption.

Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots: Chocó and Buenaventura

In this taped event on human rights in Colombia, leading human rights defenders share on-the-ground information on the Colombian conflict and identify ways the international community can support peace.

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

The Other Crisis: Abuses Against Children and Other Migrants Traveling through Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
The surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked widespread discussion about the causes behind this dramatic increase, but less attention has been paid to the dangers migrants face during their journey through Mexico to the United States.

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.