Central America

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.

Central America News & Analysis

Livestream: Violence in Central America and Community-Based Responses

Video
Tune in here on Friday, August 29 to hear José Miguel Cruz, Louis-Alexandre Berg, and WOLA's Adriana Beltrán discuss gang violence in Central America and the role of international donors, governments, and civil society in reducing violence and insecurity in Central America.

Prison Reform in Latin America: The Costa Rican Experience

Analysis & Commentary
In June of 2014, WOLA's Citizen Security team invited a delegation of prison experts to Costa Rica to discuss strategies for prison reform and visit Costa Rica's penitentiary system as a case study.

WOLA's Resources and Analysis on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary
For decades, WOLA has researched and reported on the conditions of crime, violence, and lack of economic opportunity as push factors driving migration. Below is a list of WOLA resources and analysis on the issues of unaccompanied minors, border security and migration, and citizen security.

Statements by Religious Communities on the Unaccompanied Children at the Border

Analysis & Commentary
In recent months, unaccompanied Central American children have arrived at the U.S. border seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Here are a few statements that have been issued by religious communities in the U.S.