Latin America Rights & Security

About Latin America Rights & Security

Providing peaceful alternatives to militarized policies that neither serve U.S. interests nor benefit the people of the hemisphere. 

Comprised of four projects – Cuba, TransBorder, Americas and Just the Facts –  CIP’s Latin America Rights & Security program (LARS) covers a wide-range of issues relating to the United States’ relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean. From providing alternatives to the failed drug war to reforming ineffective border security issues to finding new ways to encourage cooperation with Cuba, the Latin America Rights & Security program advocates a U.S. policy to Latin America and the Caribbean based on cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights.

Looking for our old Colombia Program website? Please find our Colombia Program archives here.

Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People

By Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard

Mar-09-2015 | Report

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look at events in the country. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. A number of alarming issues face Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system... Read More »

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By Bill Goodfellow

Nov-10-2014 | Report

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

Civil Society Organizations Call for an End to Aerial Spraying in Colombia

By CIP

May-05-2015 | Letter

CIP joins over 20 other organizations in support of an end to the inhumane and damaging aerial spraying program in Colombia... Read More »

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

By Laura Carlsen

May-01-2015 | Article

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal... Read More »

Continuing the Crackdown on Kids

By Laura Carlsen

Mar-31-2015 | Article

The "Biden Plan" for Central America treats refugee children as a national security threat... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Environmental Defenders and Human Rights in Honduras

May-28-15 | 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW (3rd floor conference room) Washington, DC

Join the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Latin America Working Group for a brown bag lunch discussion of human rights and environmental defense in Honduras... Read More »

The 2013 State Department and Foreign Operations Aid Request and Latin America and the Caribbean

By Abigail Poe

Mar-01-2012 | Fact Sheet

On February 13, the Obama administration released its 2013 budget request to Congress, which includes its request for State Department and Foreign Operations assistance in FY2013. Here are a few things we observed in the new foreign assistance budget for Latin America and the Caribbean. ... Read More »

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