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

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.

WOLA Statement Opposing the House GOP Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5230)

Analysis & Commentary
The proposed GOP house bill fails to address the root causes of child migration from Central America, strips protections for vulnerable children, and neglects the U.S. government's commitment to human rights in Central America.

WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's Testimony Before the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Analysis & Commentary
What drives a child or teenager to leave his or her home community in San Salvador or San Pedro Sula, and risk everything to make the extremely dangerous journey north? For many of these children, it is knowing how terrifying and potentially life threatening not going could be.