About The Drug Law Reform

The TNI/WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America) Drug Law Reform Project promotes more effective and humane drug policies through up-to-date analysis of developments in the region and by promoting dialogue among key stakeholders and decision-makers.

The project was created amidst growing evidence that the decades long “War on Drugs” has failed. Current international drug control policies have not decreased drug consumption, curbed the planting of crops destined for the illicit market, or curtailed the expanding drug trade. Instead, they have marginalised drug users who are pushed out of reach of treatment programs, repressed farmers who may have no other means of survival, and overwhelmed criminal justice systems. Current drug control policies have targeted users and small-scale traffickers, while large-scale criminal organisations have remained unrestrained.

It is time for an honest discussion based on research and analysis into the effectiveness of current and alternative drug policies. The TNI/WOLA Drug Law Reform Project aims to inform national and international debates, incorporating the principles of effective law enforcement practices, harm reduction, proportionality of sentences, prison reform, and human rights.

Our analysts – scholars, policy-makers, and legal experts – provide up-to-date information on drug policy developments in Latin America. The TNI/WOLA Drug Law Reform Project is coordinating a series of informal drug policy dialogues and workshops in the region. Our in-country researchers are conducting investigations of drug control laws, their applications, and prison conditions in eight key countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.