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.

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 »

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By CIP

Dec-09-2013 | Report

Find out how CIP can make a difference in facing some of the world's largest problems... Read More »

It's All in the Details: U.S. Regulatory Changes Can Get Americans Traveling to Cuba Again

By Robert L Muse

Dec-04-2013 | Policy Brief

Following the termination of consular services by the Cuban Interests Section, Muse outlines what can be done to help alleviate the current banking crisis the Interests Section is facing... Read More »

Pena Nieto on Indigenous Rights: Praise Abroad, Protest at Home

By Laura Carlsen

Oct-09-2014 | Article

Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Mexican indigenous leaders accused President Enrique Peña Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home... Read More »

Mexico's Drug War is Killing Children

By Laura Carlsen

Oct-07-2014 | Article

Young people are now targeted by the very people sworn to protect them. If this isn’t the ultimate duplicity of abusive law enforcement, what is... Read More »

U.S. Organizations Support Broad Inclusion of Victims’ Voices into Colombian Peace Process

By CIP

Sep-24-2014 | Letter

CIP joins other organizations concerned about serious threats against victims’ representatives, human rights defenders, and Afro-Colombian and indigenous community leaders and their family members that have circulated recently, and urges for their protection... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

May-08-14 | Carnegie

Join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of a landmark meeting for Cuba and the U.S., and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations... Read More »

Trends in U.S. Security Assistance to Latin America

Sep-16-13 | 2000 M Street NW Conference Room A (Basement Level) Washington, DC 20036

Join WOLA, LAWGEF and CIP for a panel discussion and Q&A on their new report... Read More »

The Colombian Peace Talks: Perspectives from Civil Society

Nov-01-12 | Washington Office on Latin America 1666 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

On October 18, historic peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government—the first formal negotiations in a decade—began in Oslo, Norway... 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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