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.

Water Wars

By Tom Barry

Aug-10-2015 | Report

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition... Read More »

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 »

Lifting Cuba Trade Embargo Is Good Business

By Michael Barnes

Aug-23-2015 | Article

Americans increasingly support lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, so what's the holdup?... Read More »

Toxic Tourism

By Tom Barry

Jul-29-2015 | Article

According to Mexican tourism officials, magical experiences and eco-adventures await those who travel to the remote mountains and canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara in the border state of Chihuahua. They also assure tourists that they will be safe and that the native Tarahumara people are the major beneficiaries of the government-sponsored tourism industry... Read More »

The U.S. Shouldn't Export Colombia's Drug War "Success"

By Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard, John Lindsay-Poland

Jul-08-2015 | Article

The U.S. is paying Colombia to train security forces in Central America, without tracking whether this is doing good or causing harm. It's time for authorities to start asking hard questions about what lessons Colombia's military is exporting abroad... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

September 9 Open Government Town Hall – Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

Sep-09-15 | POGO's Conference Room (1100 G St, NW, Suite 500-- entrance on 11th Street across from Metro Center). Call-in options available.

Dynamic speakers will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and security assistance, and impediments that remain for the public to access such information... Read More »

A Discussion on Citizen Security and the Way Forward

Sep-08-15 | Center for International Policy 2000 M Street NW Conference Room A (located in the basement) Washington, DC 20036

What's the best way forward for citizen security in Central America? Guatemala, Honduras and most recently El Salvador have all turned to their troops to provide domestic security. Advocates of this tactic highlight that the general population often supports deploying the armed forces and say the presence of soldiers deters violence in the short-term. Opponents point to increased human rights abuses carried out by troops and say it is ultimately ineffective in improving long-term security.... Read More »

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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