Latin American Programme

“The time has come to discuss new approaches to dealing with the problems of drugs in the Americas. A new approach should try and take away the violent profit that comes with drug trafficking… If that means legalising, and the world thinks that's the solution, I will welcome it.”
- Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, 2012


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In 2012, Transform Drug Policy Foundation and México Unido Contra la Delincuencia (MUCD), a Mexico-based NGO, took the strategic decision to launch a Latin American Programme of work.

The programme was established in response to the rising violence and devastation across the region, in particular the more than 80,000 people killed in drug war-related violence in Mexico between 2006-2012. This prompted several incumbent political leaders to speak out and demand that alternative policies be explored, placing the region at the forefront of the drug policy reform debate.

In recognition of this fact, Transform appointed its first Latin American Programme Manager to work with policymakers, groups and experts in Mexico and the region, using MUCD’s on-the-ground experience and Transform’s groundbreaking resources and 20 years’ worth of expertise advocating for the legal regulation of drugs.

  • Providing expert advice and inputting into the historic drug policy review carried out by the Organization of American States
  • Advising the Uruguayan government and president on the country’s plan to legally regulate cannabis
  • Launching the Spanish translation of Transform’s flagship publication, ‘After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation’, as well as 'Terminando la guerra contra las drogas: cómo ganar el debate en América Latina', in Mexico City
  • Generating significant media coverage across Latin America, highlighting the urgent need for drug policy reform across the region

There is also a range of Spanish briefings on the negative impacts of the war on drugs on our Count the Costs website.

To find out more about the programme, please contact our Latin America Programme Manager, Lisa Sánchez:



Watch Transform and MUCD's Lisa Sánchez discussing legal regulation on Mexico's TV Azteca