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.

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 »

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 »

The War on Drugs is a War on Young People: Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

By Laura Carlsen

Dec-04-2014 | Article

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity... Read More »

U.S. Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money

By Angelika Albaladejo, Mike LaSusa

Dec-01-2014 | Article

In spite of widely acknowledged and rampant corruption in Mexico's security and law enforcement institutions, implicated in the September disappearance of more than 40 college students, the United States continues to supply the country with well over $100 million per year in military and police assistance... Read More »

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

By CIP

Nov-24-2014 | Letter

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police... 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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