Drug War

Mexican Peace Activist Says Focus Must Be More on Justice than Peace

Escrito por  |  2 / April / 2014

Pietro Ameglio, a founding member of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, examines the performance of its first three years, focusing on the need to articulate goals and ideals while empowering other organizations and groups.

Why does more “security” keep leading to more violence against women?

Escrito por  |  10 / March / 2014

It’s common practice to take stock on this day of where we are and how far we’ve come in the movement for full gender equality and respect for the human rights of women. This year in the Americas, the situation is getting worse rather than better.

Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America and the Impact of U.S. Policy

Escrito por  |  9 / March / 2014

When violence is attacked with violence, women become both victims and defenders. They are disproportionately and differently affected by violence, violation of human rights and the erosion of community. Yet Mesoamerican and the U.S. governments continue to fund militarist enforcement policies framed as counternarcotics or anti-terrorism that arm and train men to patrol and control the population that put women at great risk.

Guns and Gangs: Turning El Salvador Around

Escrito por  |  5 / March / 2014
El Salvador Prisons

With homicides on the rise again, truce facilitators say support and funding is needed to reduce violence in the Central American nation.

Michoacan self-defense groups celebrate 1st anniversary

Escrito por  |  5 / March / 2014

One year since their battle against criminal organizations began, community spokesmen talked to the Americas Program about their progress.

The Capture of El Chapo Guzman–What Happens Next?

Escrito por  |  23 / February / 2014

The capture of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquín Guzman Loera “El Chapo” is a major victory for the U.S.-Mexican drug war. But will it reduce or increase the violence that plagues the country?

How NAFTA Unleashed the Violence in Mexico

Escrito por  |  7 / February / 2014

The drastic transformation of public agricultural policies–brought about by structural adjustment programs and the trade opening with NAFTA–generated the conditions for the emergence of multiple forms of violence in the Mexican countryside.