The brutal civil war conflicts of the 1980s are over but violence is rising from other sources in Central America. Democratic institutions remain fragile and governments have been unable (and sometimes unwilling) to spur equitable development, curtail corruption, or combat increasing criminal activity.
WOLA works with colleagues in Central America and the international community to prevent violence, support police reform and combat organized crime. We monitor the impact of assistance and trade agreements on labor rights and sustainable economic development. We support on-going efforts to establish the conditions for free and fair elections and to bring justice for human rights violations.
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We work with regional partners for comprehensive reform that addresses the root causes of violence and ensure effective, accountable police and judicial systems that protect both the rights and the security of citizens.
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following a historic aid request to the countries of Central America, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.
Targeted efforts to generate employment opportunities among youth in the region can pay off in a big way, and can help reduce the crime and violence that compel minors to make the dangerous decision to migrate to the United States.
Human rights violations in the region, especially by the police and armed forces, have risen dramatically in recent years. See our work to promote human rights in Central America.
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