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.

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World


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 »

Hurricane Sandy in Santiago, Cuba: Heeding Lessons for the Next Disaster

By Elizabeth Newhouse

Nov-04-2013 | Policy Brief

Hurricane Sandy devastated Santiago de Cuba just as it did communities in New York and New Jersey. To inspect the damage and reconstruction a year later—as part of CIP’s series on disaster preparedness and response—CIP's Cuba Project led a delegation of disaster experts to affected areas... Read More »

Lessons From the Costa Rican Elections

By Laura Carlsen

Apr-08-2014 | Article

We talked to Maria Florez-Estrada, legislative adviser to the Broad Front and communications coordinator for Villalta’s campaign, for her take on what happened and what the elections mean for the future of Costa Rica.... Read More »

El Chapo Capture: What Happens When the Kingpin Falls?

By Laura Carlsen

Mar-06-2014 | Article

U.S. officials are propping up the capture of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a major drug war victory. They're wrong... Read More »

Militarized Public Security in Latin America: Mexico Gambles on Vigilante Security

By Sarah Kinosian

Feb-12-2014 | Article

A new alliance between the Mexican security forces and citizen ‘self-defense’ groups in Michoacán state has brought some short term success in the fight against the Knights Templar cartel. But what will be the long-term consequences of legitimizing heavily armed vigilante groups in Mexico... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

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 »

U.S. Cuba Policy and the Cuban-American Vote

Oct-04-12 | Tower Theater 1508 S.W. 8th Street Miami Florida

Join us as we discuss the current policies between the U.S. and Cuba, and delve into the importance of the Cuban-American vote... 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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