All Content: police reform

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
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

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
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

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.

Mexico’s New Military Police Force: The Continued Militarization of Public Security in Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
Maureen Meyer examines Mexico's proposed gendarmerie—a force to be made up of tens of thousands of former soldiers—and its potential implications for human rights.

Notes from Tijuana

WOLA staff notes on citizen security, border security and migration in the border city
Analysis & Commentary
Why is Tijuana safer? Why is migration down? Is the U.S. border-security approach effective? Some impressions after a brief visit to the border city

Police Reform in Mexico: The Challenges that Lie Ahead

Juan Salgado, a researcher at Mexico's Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) Department of Legal Studies, discusses current progress with police reform efforts in Mexico and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Need for Accountability in Mexican Police Reform Efforts

Ernesto Lopez Portillo, Executive Director of INSYDE, discusses accountability as the key to successful police and criminal justice reform efforts in Mexico.

Reforming the Ranks: Assessing Police Reform Efforts in Mexico

On February 12, WOLA partnered with the Wilson Center to host an expert panel discussion that examined the progress that has already been made to reform Mexico’s federal police forces, as well as the long-standing challenges that remain, particularly in the area of police accountability.

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.

Keep the Rule of Law and Human Rights on the Binational Agenda with Mexico

Priority issues to address in the November 27 meeting between President Obama and president-elect Peña Nieto

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.