The OHCHR Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice launched a call for contributions for their upcoming report on ‘Women deprived of liberty’. This joint contribution by IDPC, WOLA, CELS, Dejusticia and Equis focuses on the disproportionate impacts of overly punitive drug policies on women in Latin America.

This paper provides the latest available data on women incarcerated for drug offences in Latin America, highlights the key human rights challenges they face in the criminal justice system, and offers policy recommendations.