All Content: police reform

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.

Mexico at Peace

An Incomplete Approach
Analysis & Commentary
In this report, researchers analyze the efficacy of Mexico's new program to address violence.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

Sending In The Military: Not a Long-Term Solution to Mexico's Security Problems

Analysis & Commentary
Recent developments in Mexico highlight the ongoing security crisis in swaths of the country and suggest a repetition of past strategies.

New WOLA Report on Mexico's Police Forces

Persistent Corruption and Abuse, Despite Decades of Reforms
Publication
While much has been done to reform Mexico’s police, establishing strong internal and external controls has not been a priority for the Mexican government.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
Publication
Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

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.

Militarizing Police in Honduras & Remembering Chile's Coup

Publication
In the latest Latin Pulse podcast, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán discusses the violence in Honduras, which currently has the worst homicide rate in the world.

Police Reform in Honduras: Stalled Efforts and the Need to Weed out Corruption

Analysis & Commentary
Cleaning up corruption and criminal activity inside the Honduran National Police is critical to establishing a credible, trustworthy, and accountable police force.

Militaries as Police

A conversation with Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy
Publication
Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Protests in Brazil: Digging Beneath the Surface

Analysis & Commentary
Brazil’s recent country-wide demonstrations protesting a broad range of political and social conditions are interesting for reasons that go well beyond the specific issues raised by the protesters.

One Year after Enrique Peña Nieto’s Election

Has there been a significant shift in Mexico’s security strategy?
Analysis & Commentary
In this Q & A, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Mexico and Central America Maureen Meyer addresses key questions about Mexico's security, drug-related violence, human rights, and security cooperation with the United States.

Drug Policy and Human Rights Groups Unite in Support of Drug Policy Reform at the OAS

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers examines the role of civil society in this year's OAS General Assembly.

Armed Conflict and Public Security in Colombia

Video
Analyst Ariel Avila sheds light on the complex security situation in Colombia and what the peace process could mean for the country in this taped event.

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.