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Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

April 29, 2016 | by Amaya Ordorika

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

Colombia’s Peace Process Needs an Accountable Extractives Industry

April 14, 2016 | by Andrés Hernández, Ana Carolína González

A lasting peace with FARC will require a well-functioning mining industry, which is based in the rural provinces where the guerrilla group operates.

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Brazil Can Fight the Zika Virus with Better Public Policy

April 6, 2016 | by Elisa Leilani Slattery

Instead of telling women not to get pregnant, Brazil should be implementing supports for them.

Forensic Evidence Represents a Turning Point for Justice in Guatemala

March 25, 2016 | by Louise Olivier

The investigation of one of Latin America’s largest mass graves is proving the critical role of forensic evidence in seeking justice for war crimes.

The Experiment in International Justice That Brought Down a President

March 23, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

In this month’s Talking Justice podcast, we look at how a little-known UN commission helped expose the corruption scandal that ousted the president of Guatemala.

After Decades of Conflict, Colombia Could Finally Be on the Precipice of Peace

March 23, 2016 | by María Victoria Llorente

Colombia is nearing a historic peace agreement with the leftist guerrilla group FARC, but will face many obstacles in implementing the deal.

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Paraguayans Embrace Their Right to Information

March 17, 2016 | by Ezequiel Santagada

Paraguay’s new access to information law, enacted with the support of civil society organizations, has been used to uncover corruption across various government agencies.

To Reduce Its Homicide Rate, Latin America Must “Denormalize” Violence

March 4, 2016 | by Angelica Zamora

Home to nearly one-third of the world’s homicides, Central and South America have become desensitized to violence. Refocusing public perception could help solve the problem.

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How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

February 29, 2016 | by Eduardo Ribeiro

Brazil’s six-day Carnaval celebration is a striking example of its shameful treatment of black and mixed-race citizens.

The Human Cost of Puerto Rico’s Limbo

January 26, 2016 | by Jennifer Wolff

Strapped with over $70 billion in debt, Puerto Rico is spending more on debt service than on education, health, or security. Services are being curtailed as public agencies scramble to cut costs.