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

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

Building the Future in Central America

Requires Smart Investments in Safe and Sustainable Communities
Analysis & Commentary
On November 14, Vice President Joe Biden, the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and the president of the IDB met to develop a joint plan for Central America. In light of the discussions, 17 civil society organizations in the U.S. and Central America outlined 6 key principles that ought to guide the new Central American strategy.

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.