U.S. Militarization of the Drug War in Mexico and Central America

Sunday, Mar 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

For the past several years, the U.S. war on drugs has included a militarized approach to trafficking in Mexico and Central America. These policies have led to an increase in the use of torture, violence against women, human rights violations and extrajudicial executions. In addition, by every conceivable measure (reducing availability of drugs, decreasing crime and the power of drug cartels, increasing public security, effective use of taxes), they have been an abject and costly failure. We will outline current U.S. policies and open up a discussion around alternatives focused on prevention, rule of law and human rights.


  • Laura Carlsen, CIP Americas Program
  • Michael Collins, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Kathryn Johnson, Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA
  • Alex Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research


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