AIN participa a la alianza “Mujeres, Políticas de Drogas y Encarcelamiento”

AIN está orgulloso a pertenecer a la alianza, “Mujeres, Políticas de Drogas y Encarcelamiento.” Esta iniciativa pretende dar a conocer la penalización de drogas y el impacto desproporcionado sobre las mujeres, y abogar por políticas de justicia y drogas más sensatas.

Para obtener más información sobre esta iniciativa, visite la oficina de WOLA en el sitio web a continuación.

Echa un vistazo a la siguiente infografía para tener una pequeña visión general sobre las mujeres, el encarcelamiento, y las drogas en Bolivia:

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AIN Joins Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration Project

AIN is excited to be contributing to the coalition on Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas. This initiative seeks to highlight the disproportionate impact drug criminalization has on women, and advocate for more sensible criminal justice and drug policies.

To learn more about the initiative, visit the Washington Office on Latin America’s website below:

Check out the following Infographic for a brief overview of women, incarceration, and drugs in Bolivia:

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Recent Statistics on Coca Cultivation in the Andes

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s recently published Coca Monitoring Reports for Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru reveal that Bolivia once again is the lowest producer of coca among the Andean countries. Peru produces nearly twice as much coca as Bolivia, while Colombia, having experienced a surge in coca production since last year, produces nearly five times the amount of coca as Bolivia. Whereas Colombia and Peru continue to implement forced eradication strategies, Bolivia’s community coca control strategy has proven successful in decreasing levels of coca production.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 3.50.15 PM

UNODC Conference Highlights Situation of Incarcerated Women in Bolivia

 “The Politics of Drug Control, Women and Incarceration” Conference held Monday in La Paz by The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  highlighted the disproportionate impact of drug related charges on vulnerable women in Latin America. As a panelist, AIN’s Kathryn Ledebur presented a report by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and other partners on Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration. Kathryn Ledebur and the UNODC’s Representative for Bolivia, Antonino De Leo, advised that the new drug control law in Bolivia (replacing the outdated Law 1008) include more proportionate sentencing and alternatives to incarceration for low level drug crimes.

To read more about the “Politics of Drug Control, Women and Incarceration” conference see the article below: (Spanish)

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Bolivia’s Historic Drop in Coca Cultivation Holds Steady

Authors: Kathryn Ledebur (AIN) and Coletta A. Youngers (WOLA).

Commentary.- For the fifth year in a row, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has reported a decline in the area under coca cultivation in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Between 2010 and 2014, the country achieved a remarkable 34 percent net reduction in the area under coca cultivation. UNODC estimated 20,400 hectares of coca in Bolivia in 2014.

To read this paper please click here: Commentary Bolivia’s Historic Drop in Coca Cultivation Holds Steady

UNODC Official Coca Statistics July 2016

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its 2015 Coca Crop Monitoring Survey for Bolivia, showing a one percent reduction in overall cultivation. There was also an increase in the price of dried coca leaf , as well as cocaine seizures. AIN’s translation of the summary of the report is here: link: UNODC BOLIVIA Coca monitoring results-July 2016

Analysis from WOLA and AIN coming tomorrow.
Survey (Spanish)
The UNODC Press Release in English:
Comunicado de Prense en español:

Citizenship or Repression? Coca, Eradication and Development in the Andes – Bolivia

Authors: Thomas Grisaffi and Kathryn Ledebur. (2016)

Abstract: For over two decades the US has funded repressive forced coca eradication in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to reduce the illegal cocaine trade. These policies have never met their stated goals and have generated violence and poverty. In 2006 Bolivia definitively broke with the US anti-narcotics model, replacing the militarized eradication of coca crops with a community-based coca control strategy. The program substantially reduced the coca crop while simultaneously respecting human rights and allowing farmers to diversify their livelihoods. This article outlines the elements of the Bolivian initiative that ensure its continued successful functioning.It
explores to what extent this model can be translated to other  Andean contexts. To read this paper please click here: Stability Journal- Citizenship or Repression

Invitación Habeas Coca – La Paz


El Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (CIS) de la Vicepresidencia tiene el agrado de invitar a usted a la presentación oficial del libro “Habeas  Coca – Control  Social de la  Coca en  Bolivia”, de  las investigadoras Kathryn Ledebur y Linda Farthing. Comentan Marisabel Villagomez y Loreta Tellería.

El evento tendrá lugar en la sala de Videoconferencias “Juana Azurduy” de la Vicepresidencia del Estado. C. Ayacucho y Mercado # 308, este jueves 3 de marzo a las 19.00 Hrs.

Rogamos confirmar su asistencia.

Centro de Investigaciones Sociales
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La Paz – Bolivia

The Cato Accord: Bolivia’s Humane and Effective Approach to Controlling Coca Cultivation

Author: Thomas Grisaffi for Andean Information Network.

Abstract: In 2006 President Morales made a radical break with the US-backed antidrug strategy, which focused on the forced eradication of coca leaf and the criminalization of coca growers. The new policy, often referred to as ‘coca yes cocaine no,’ draws on the coca growers’ own distinction between coca leaf (which has been consumed by Indigenous Andeans for millennia) and cocaine, the illicit drug. The strategy legalized the cultivation of a small amount of coca leaf in specific zones, encouraged the coca unions to self-police to ensure growers do not exceed this limit, and envisions the industrialization and export of coca based products. The overriding aim of the policy is to reduce harms to coca grower communities. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the Chapare, one of Bolivia’s two main coca growing regions, this chapter explains how this new policy has been operationalized and demonstrates how coca farmers have made significant sacrifices to implement the new viable, less damaging alterative to the forced eradication of coca crops.

Keywords: coca, cocaine paste, union, sindicato, Evo Morales, Chapare, forced eradication, development, cato, social control.

To read this working paper please click here: The Cato Accord Bolivias Humane and Effective Approach to Controlling Coca Cultivation