The Art of the Possible: Advancing Drug Policy Reforms in Latin America

26 April 2010

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Transnational Institute (TNI), and George Washington University (GWU)’s Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program are organising a conference on drug policy debates and reforms underway in Latin America on the morning of Thursday, May 6 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

The half-day event will feature government officials and legislators from South America discussing national-level reforms, as well as experts addressing cross-cutting themes such as harm reduction strategies, the role of law enforcement, human rights, and cannabis policy.

National Drug Policy Debates and Reforms

Pedro Vieira Abramovay, Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Ministry of Justice, BRAZIL
Felipe Caceres, Vice Minister of Social Defense, BOLIVIA
Alberto Calabrese, Technical Coordinator, National Coordinating Commission on the Prevention and Control of Drug Trafficking, Transnational Organized Crime, and Corruption, ARGENTINA
Milton Romani, Executive Secretary, National Commission on Drugs, URUGUAY
María Paula Romo, Chair of the Justice Commission, National Assembly, ECUADOR
Moderator: Pien Metaal, Transnational Institute

Cross-Cutting Issues in Drug Policy Reform

Tom Lloyd, International Drug Policy Consortium: Reconsidering the Role of Law Enforcement
Peter Reuter, University of Maryland: Options for Cannabis Policy
Ricardo Soberón, Center for the Investigation of Drugs and Human Rights, CIDDH, Peru: Human Rights and Drug Policy
Graciela Touze, Intercambios, Argentina: Drug Use and Harm Reduction Strategies
Moderator: Coletta Youngers Washington Office on Latin America

Thursday, May 6, 2010
9 am – 1 pm
The Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC
Simultaneous interpretation will be available.
To RSVP, please e-mail Anthony Dest at, or call him at (202) 797-2171.