WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Program Theme

Drug Policy Debate and Reform in the Americas

Amidst growing recognition that the punitive approaches pursued for decades have caused enormous damage in Latin America, drug policy now figures prominently on the hemispheric agenda. The majority of those incarcerated for drug offenses—consumers or small-scale, non-violent participants in the trade—suffer from disproportionately excessive punishment. Misguided drug laws and their harsh enforcement not only lead to human rights abuses, but also divert resources away from preventing serious violent crime. Through advocacy and research, WOLA is advancing policies that protect human rights and promote public health and citizen security.