Resources & Analysis

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policy in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. The following women are all serving reduced sentences at Costa Rica’s Buen Pastor Prison for having admitted their involvement in the drug market. These are their stories.

Violent Responses to Crime in Central America

Video
On May 20, WOLA and FIU hosted a panel discussion on security challenges in Central America and the dangers of pursuing repressive policies to confront crime and violence.

Recent Killing of Journalist in Mexico Underscores Need to Strengthen Protections

Government Program to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Faces Serious Challenges
Analysis & Commentary
Defenders and journalists will continue to be at risk until authorities investigate and prosecute crimes against them, and implement effective protections.

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Interview with Adam Isacson on the End of Aerial Spraying in Colombia

Video
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson explains the history of Colombia's deeply flawed program of aerial spraying program coca crops, and offers a panorama of what the future could hold.

The Study of Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

Video
On May 14, WOLA and AU hosted a panel discussion on conceptual and methodological advances in research addressing pressing urban issues in Latin America.

Violent Raid Against Migrants and Advocates in State of Tabasco, Mexico

WOLA and LAWG Send Letter to Secretary of the Interior
Analysis & Commentary
Concern about increasing raids and other measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants.