Resources & Analysis

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.

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 were convicted and imprisoned for drug offenses in Colombia and Costa Rica. These are their stories.

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, Drug Policies, and Incarceration

A Guide for Policy Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean
This guide presents public policies to address the harmful mass incarceration of women for drug offenses in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 Ways the United States Can Support a Lasting Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
The 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia provides an excellent opportunity for the U.S. government to learn from the mistakes of the aid package, and ensure that future aid and diplomacy truly contributes to a lasting peace.

Interactive Data Presentation: Explore Plan Colombia's Legacy

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA has prepared an interactive data presentation showcasing the lessons of Plan Colombia, and outlining the challenges ahead of a post-conflict Colombia.

Religion, Environment and Social Conflict in Latin America

Join us for a presentation that examines key cases which offer a perspective on the ways in which religion impacts multilateral climate policy.

Women Are Key to Making Peace Last in War-Torn Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
War-torn Colombia represents the perfect opportunity to integrate a gender-based perspective on peacebuilding, and the effort has succeeded so far in transformative ways.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
Analysis & Commentary
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.

Ghosts of Past Violence Haunt Guatemala’s New President

Analysis & Commentary
As Jimmy Morales assumes the presidency in Guatemala, the recent arrest of 18 high-ranking retired military officers for war crimes highlights the need to continue tackling corruption and impunity in the country and region.