VII Latin American Conference and II Mexican Conference on Drug Policies


México City, México

The CONFEDROGAS Consortium, EQUIS Justice for Women, ReverdeSer Colectivo and Instituto RIA invite researchers and those interested in issues related to drug policy and its impact on human rights, the environment, access to substances for therapeutic and personal purposes, public health, migration and development, to send their executive summaries (abstracts) with proposals to participate in the VII Latin American Conference and II Mexican Conference on Drug Policies, to be held on October 29th, 30th and 31st, in Mexico City.

The production and use of drugs make up a plural phenomenon with multiple manifestations according to the historical moment, the culture, the economic model, the particular situation of a country, the different meanings assigned by the subjects and the differences between the substances themselves. However, there is a demand on homogenizing the “drug problem”, as if it were a unique phenomenon, timeless and ahistorical.

In the last hundred years, this issue has been installed as a “social issue”, while different actors -including the State- have contributed to its construction as a social problem.
Although for decades almost every nation in the world has adopted different versions of a repressive prohibitionist model, in recent years the global consensus around this model has been fragmented. Currently, there are countries that have openly broken this paradigm and have implemented alternative models of regulation of the productive chain of psychoactive substances. In this framework, local, regional and international debates on the subject are developed.

Among the main characteristics of Latin American countries is a huge social inequality; many of these countries play a key role in the production and transfer of illicit plants and substances, with a relatively low consumption index compared to the central countries and with a drug policy primarily focused on combating supply. The militarization of public safety, the increase in the incarceration of women for non-violent drug-related crimes, as well as the growing inattention and stigmatization of people who use drugs are factors that should be at the center of the debate in Latin America. Likewise, the consequences of these policies can not be avoided: social isolation, disproportionate imprisonment of people who use and transport drugs, social violence, environmental damage and violation of fundamental human rights.

The Conference will address various topics from three lenses:

a) Current situation in Latin America: Contemporary challenges of drug policy;

b) The strength of the reform movement: Challenges and Opportunities;

c) Proposals for the future in drug policy.

Within the above framework, participation on the following topis is requested:

  1. Drug policies and social inequality (including narcomenudeo, the legal division between narcomenudista and user),
  2. The impact of drug policies on incarceration,
  3. The disproportionate impact on populations in situations of vulnerability, such as Afro communities, indigenous people, people with disabilities, the LGBTI community, and women and young people from low-income communities,
  4. Violations of Human Rights in the context of militarization and impunity,
  5. Reduction of risks and harm: evidence from the community,
  6. Drug policies, and their impact on gender, racial and class segregation,
  7. Drug policies: the environmental and cultural effect,
  8. Drug policies: incidence by users of substances within broader movements, intersection of activism between users, sex workers and trans people,
  9. Alternatives to the prohibitionist policy: regulation of markets, substitution of uses, sacred plants and spirituality, economic development,
  10. Forced treatment, drug cuts and the empowerment of people who use drugs, and
    9) Production, eradication and substitution of crops
    , and
  11. Production, eradication and substitution of crops: the situation of the communities.


Those interested should send their abstract, with a maximum length of 300 words, title of the presentation, and a paragraph with a curricular profile to the e-mail address , keeping in mind the deadline of August 15, 2018.

The abstracts will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee that will select the proposals whose themes are adequate for the discussion and which adhere more to the lines proposed in this call. Accepted applications will be notified via email on September 5, 2018.

The participants must cover all travel and lodging expenses.

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