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.

Key Program Themes:

Monitoring U.S. Aid

WOLA is closely following a record billion-dollar U.S. aid request for the countries of Central America, which—if invested wisely—could address the insecurity that has fueled migration from the region in recent years.

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

WOLA closely follows the work of the CICIG, and believes that it has proven itself to be an innovative model for strengthening the rule of law.

Police, Justice and Prison Reform

Rampant corruption, inadequate accountability mechanisms, and weak police and judicial systems contribute to the insecurity in the region. WOLA promotes comprehensive reforms that both protect citizen security and respect human rights.

Violence Prevention

WOLA supports responses to violent crime that include prevention programs that help young people in difficult situations meet their own needs, intervention programs that offer alternatives for those most attracted to gang life, rehabilitation for those who wish to leave gangs, and law enforcement that deters crime and reduces violence.

Citizen Security News & Analysis

Statement by Representative Jim McGovern on Ending Corruption and Impunity in Honduras

In a recent statement on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) spoke about the need for Honduras to end corruption and impunity.

Human Rights Prosecutions and El Salvador’s Justice System

Please join us for an update on the status of key human rights cases in El Salvador and the capacity of the country's criminal justice system to respond.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

Analysis & Commentary
After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.

Key Elements to Effectively Combat Impunity and Corruption in Honduras

WOLA details five key elements necessary in an effective international mechanism for strengthening the rule of law and combating impunity and corruption in Honduras.