The brutal civil war conflicts of the 1980s are over but violence is rising from other sources in Central America. Democratic institutions remain fragile and governments have been unable (and sometimes unwilling) to spur equitable development, curtail corruption, or combat increasing criminal activity.
WOLA works with colleagues in Central America and the international community to prevent violence, support police reform and combat organized crime. We monitor the impact of assistance and trade agreements on labor rights and sustainable economic development. We support on-going efforts to establish the conditions for free and fair elections and to bring justice for human rights violations.