Coletta Youngers is an analyst on issues of democracy, human rights and politics in the Andean region, and on US policy regarding the region, including the international drug policy.
She is currently an independent consultant, Senior Advisor in the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs (WOLA), representative of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and a member of the Collective of Drug Studies and Law (CEDD). Collaborates with a WOLA project on drug policy reforms in Latin America and coordinates a working group on women, drug policy and incarceration in Latin America. Youngers has served as the representative and then director of the WOLA Andean Program from 1987 to 2003. She was also director of the WOLA project on drugs, democracy and human rights until 2004.
Youngers is co-editor of Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of US Policy, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers and Editorial Biblos, and author of Political Violence and Civil Society in Peru: History of the National Rights Coordinator Humans, published by the Peruvian Studies Institute of Lima, Peru.