All Content: Police Reform

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

Video
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.

What Can be Learned from Brazil’s “Pacification” Police Model?

Analysis & Commentary
The successes and failures of Rio de Janeiro's Police Pacification Units offers important lessons learned for other countries in the region looking to move away from "mano dura" security policies.

Citizen Security in Central America: Root Causes and New Approaches

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

Using Militaries as Police in Latin America: A Discussion on Citizen Security and the Way Forward

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Why have governments in Central America turned to their troops to provide domestic security? A WOLA-Center for International Policy (CIP) forum assesses how this trend affects populations, overall security, and civil-military relations.

Why Guatemalans Rose Up Against Government Corruption

Video
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

News
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.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

WOLA joins 32 regional organizations in highlighting recommendations for the upcoming visit by UNASUR ministers
News
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

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.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

Colombia Must Take Steps to Protect Colombian Educational Union

WOLA letter calls for action on threats, attacks against SINDESENA
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the Director General of the SENA job training school in Colombia, WOLA calls for action to protect the school's union and students' legitimate rights to association and free speech.

Human Rights in Mexico: Recent Abuses Highlight Persistent Challenges

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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.

Police Militarization: Similarities Between Ferguson and Brazil

Analysis & Commentary
Recent “tipping point” events in Missouri and Brazil shed light on racist police practices and the militarization of police forces in both the United States and Brazil.

Mexico's New Southern Border Security Plan and New Police Force

An In-Depth Podcast with WOLA's Adam Isacson and Experts on the Ground
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Over 3 days in August, Mexico's government announced a big new southern border security plan, and inaugurated a big new police force, the Gendarmería. Adam talks to six experts about both strategies and their likely effects.

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.