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How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

June 7, 2017Christine Mehta
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The Roma Are Their Own Best Advocates

June 13, 2017George Soros

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Latin America & the Caribbean

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A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide

May 23, 2017 | Michelle Marinho, Dandara Tinoco

To reduce the region’s terrible levels of violence, more than two-dozen Latin American organizations, across multiple countries, are banding together to create real policy solutions.

A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

May 4, 2017 | Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Andrea Langlois

A ruling in Catalonia opens the door to legitimizing ancestral use of the coca leaf.

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

On Venezuela’s Border with Colombia, the Need for Papers Threatens an Indigenous Way of Life

March 27, 2017 | Juliana Vengoechea

The problems facing the indigenous Wayuu people on Venezuela’s border with Colombia underline the need for creative response to documenting citizenship and nationality.

Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017 | Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door

March 8, 2017 | Sebastián Pilo

In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices.

How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García , Mercedes Melon

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

February 8, 2017 | Mariana Mas

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

As U.S. States Decriminalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug War Rages On

February 6, 2017 | Froylán Enciso, Brenda Pérez

Decriminalization has brought an array of benefits to the United States, but not always to Mexico.

Latin America’s Environmental Defenders Find Themselves in the Crosshairs

February 3, 2017 | Ana Paula Hernández

Of the 185 environmental activists killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America.

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