Citizen Security

...pioneering new approaches to prevent and combat crime and violence

Latin American countries face some of the highest rates of crime and violence in the world. WOLA works for comprehensive reform that addresses the root causes of violence and ensures effective, accountable police and judicial systems. With partners in the region, we advocate reforms that protect both the rights and the security of citizens.

Citizen Security News & Analysis

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.

Migration and Citizen Security in El Salvador

The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration offers a promising approach
Analysis & Commentary
The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration in El Salvador offers some promising proposals to address the lack of opportunity and insecurity that drive irregular migration to the United States.

Violence in Central America and Community-Based Responses

Video
In this taped event, 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.