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

Extending the CICIG: A Blow to Impunity in Guatemala

News
The extension of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is an excellent opportunity for Guatemala to continue the fight against organized crime and strengthen the rule of law.

WOLA report on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The legacy of the CICIG: accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned
Publication
The CICIG has strengthened the Guatemalan justice system and taken apart criminal networks deeply entrenched in state institutions, but it faces notable obstacles in the fight against impunity moving forward.

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.