Satellite meetings

During the 6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy, the following satellite events will take place .


Workshop on Harm Reduction in the Caribbean
Time: 8:00-13:00  By invitation only. 13:00 – 15:00 Open to the public
Venue: Auditorio Francis Taylor, COIN.   Street: Anibal de Espinosa #352, Villas Agrícolas.
Organized by: Intercambios Puerto Rico, COIN, ReverdeSer
Audience: Local organizations working on providing services to drug users and related issues that could benefit from receiving this training
Event Type: Open to the public 13:00 – 15:00  (Morning by invitation only)
Objective:The impact on physical, mental and social health associated with the use of psychoactive substances needs to be addressed from public health from a holistic perspective focused on Risk and Damage Reduction and the health right since the focus used so far has been excessively punitive and emphasize in crime prevention .
The workshop will discuss the benefits of leaving behind a punitive approach and adopt a public health approach from Harm Reduction, which seeks to improve the quality of life for drug users (injection and non-injection) and reduce the adverse consequences of this consumption within a Caribbean context. The workshop will focus both on theoretical issues of Damage and Risk Reduction, as its application in different contexts of use of substances in the region. In the afternoon work experiences will be shared in harm reduction developed in Mexico.

Women, Drug Policy and Incarceration in the Américas – CANCELED
Time: 15:00
Venue: UNIBE, Gazcue, Av. Francia 129, Santo Domingo. Auditorium
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetive: Women of America are being imprisoned for drug -related misdemeanors at an alarming rate. This event , held in the framework of the VI Latin American Conference on Drug Policy, explores and discusses the growing phenomenon of women’s imprisonment in Latin America is attributed to the implementation of laws suppressive drugs that criminalize people who use and possession and small trafficking.

1st Meeting of Cannabic Activists from the Caribbean and 5th Latin American 
Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: Bar La Espiral: Arte, Sabor y Cultura. Jose Reyes 107, Santo Domingo
Organized by: Cannabic Activists Latin American Network
Event Type: By invitation only. Interested contact
Objetive: Form a group of cannabis activism in the Caribbean, sharing experiences, update information in the Latin American group and outline common lines of work.

Informal Dialogue on Drug Policies
Days: October 3 & 4
Time: By invitation only
Organized by: Transnational Institute (TNI), WOLA and Intercambios Asociacion civil
Event type: By invitation only
Objetive: The meeting promotes an exchange between experts and government officials from the region about experiences and views on drug policy reforms ongoing among the present countries. It aims to achieve a shared agenda with a view to 2019.


 V Seminar for Journalists: “ Drug Policies in Latin America” 
Time: 9:00-18:00
Venue:  Dominican Journalism College
Organized by:  Intercambios Civil Association – CONFEDROGAS
Event type: By invitation only
Objetive: Generate a critical mass of trained and committed journalists from a perspective linked to respect for human rights, inclusive policies , reform of drug policy and the prospect of Harm Reduction, so that from their professional role they contribute to strengthen the processes of democracy in Latin America.

Seminar on International Crime Impact, Drug Trafficking and Public Safety, THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED. THE NEW DATE, TIME  AND VENUE WILL BE INFORMED SOON.
Time: 8:30-17:00
Venue:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Salón las Américas A
Organized by: Civic Citizen Participation Movement Non-partisan
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetivos: The goal is to get an international and regional picture of transnational crime and those policies that respond to it, as well as the impact on public safety. Issues related to money laundering, institutional responses provided by the control agencies Dominican Republic and the challenges presented to the justice system work will be discuss.

Drug policy with gender axis: Good practices to reduce the incarceration of women for low level crimes
Time: 9:00-12:00
Venue: To be Confirmed
Organized by: Dominican Republic Public Defense, Interamerican Comision of Women from the American State Organization (CIM-OEAACEID (Costa Rica)Dejusticia  (Colombia),  WOLA (USA), COIN, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
Event type: By invitation only
Objetive: Share experiences in advocacy and political reform in the introduction of the proportionality principle and alternatives to incarceration for drug offenses with gender focus.

Access to Control Medicines and Palliative Care
Time: 9:00-12:00
Venue: Instituto Nacional del Cáncer Rosa Emilia Sánchez Pérez de Tavares, 6to piso. C/ esq., Av. Dr. Bernardo Correa y Cidrón  & Calle Lic. Rafael Augusto Sánchez Ravelo, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Organized by: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), Latin American Association for Palliative Care, Human Right Watch, Open Society Foundations,  Advocacy Studies Center, Justicia y Sociedad (Dejusticia), Instituto Nacional del Cancer Rosa Emilia Tavares (INCART)  and CONFEDROGAS.
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetive: Drugs such as morphine are essential for the management of patients in palliative care. However access to medicines like these is often very limited due to a very strict control. For example, today 92% of the world supply of morphine is consumed by only 17% of the world population and is focused on developing countries. In the Dominican Republic access to these medicines is very limited. In 2016, the UN General Assembly recommended that countries take the necessary measures to ensure adequate access to these drugs in order to prevent unnecessary suffering of patients with cancer and other diseases. The event will shared with attendees information regarding current regulations worldwide.


Researchers Meeting : Proposal for Measuring Stigma towards people who use illegal drugs in Social Service Providers and Health in 5 Latin American countries
Time: 9:00-14:00
Venue: School of  Medicine O&M
Organized by:  COIN, CONAVIHSIDA, Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública, Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), O & MED
Event Type: Invitation Only

Objetive: Working in structuring the study exploring the stigma towards drug users among health professionals in training in Latin American countries.

Harm Reduction Projects Fair 
Time: 18:30-20:00. Wednesday October 5 Conference Break and from 18:00-19:00. Thrusday October 6 Conference Break.
Venue: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Salón las Américas A
Organized by: COINIntercambios Asociación civilACEIDReverdeSer Colectivo
Event Type: Open to the conference public
Objetive: Harm Reduction Projects Fair is a space in which dozens of organizations from more than 10 countries of our continent will be presenting and sharing their work material information, communication projects and advocacy interventions in harm reduction in drug use. Generate a space for the conference organizations attendees to show their work in risk and harm reduction and drug policy in order to spread these initiatives and foster links with the participants of the event. The space is proposed as a space for informal exchange among participants.

We want to welcome the participants and invite internationals s conference with a warm reception in the colonial center of Santo Domingo
Income only conference credential 
Authentic dominican tapas tasting and a drink right
Time: 20:00
Venue: Guloya Theatre. Calle Arzobispo Portes 205, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Organized by: CONFEDROGAS Consortium and  COIN
Objetive: The meeting promotes an exchange between experts and government officials from the region on the experiences and views on drug policy reforms underway in the countries present. It aims to achieve a shared agenda with a view to 2019.


South-South Cooperation
Organized by:  Open Society Foundations
Event Type: By invitation only
Objetive: The aim of the meeting is to share experiences of the movement on drug policy in Latin America with activists, researchers and government representatives, whom are interested in strengthening their networks reform movement in the African continent. The event will be facilitated by Catalina Arreaza, researcher and academic expert on drug policy and South-South Cooperation.

Latin American Network Meeting of People Who Use Drugs
Time:  13:00
Meeting Point: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Entrance to Salón América A
Organized by: Latin American and Caribbean Network for People Using Drugs (LANPUD),International Network for People Using Drugs (INPUD)
Participants profile: People who use drugs and psychoactive substances, members of organizations of people who use drugs or plants
Event Type: By invitation only. Interested contact:
Objetive: Gather the LANPUD network to develop the next steps, including a network structure to improve participation in national, regional and international spaces.

Youth meeting against the war on drugs. Southern dialogues
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: Salon Las Americas B, Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Organized by: COIN, Red Nacional de Jóvenes, Intercambios Asociacion civil, ReverdeSer Colectivo,  ATS
Event Type: Open to young people interested in psychoactive substances and change in drug policy in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Subject: Organizational experiences and regional strategies linking young people against the war on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Objective: Facilitate exchange between activists on experiences, forms of organization, scope and diversity of work areas around drug policy from the perspective of young people in the region. It will seek to build a shared regional diagnosis and a statement of young people in the region against the war on drugs, to perform at the closing of the Conference. Similarly a strategy of regional linkages will be promoted to strengthen local processes.

Racism, criminalization of poverty and violation of human rights in prohibitionist drug policies building 
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: Auditorium Las Americas D, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Organized by: Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), CEN and INNPD
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetive: This event will discuss about the disproportionate impact that war on drugs has had on Afro-descendant populations in many countries of the world; on the stigmatization, imprisonment and murder of black people.


Harm reduction in the use of stimulants. Meeting of specialists from Latin America smokable cocaine
Time: 19:00-21:00
Organized by:  ACEIDTransnational Institute (TNI)
Event Type: By invitation only
Objetive: The use of stimulants has established in Latin America for decades, taking into account that the region is the main cocaine production center of the world. This has also been observed with the smokable cocaine varieties produced and known differently depending on the region. In any case the so-called “Basuco”, “Rock” , “Pasta Base” or “Crack” , regardless of the geographical area is mainly associated with people living in lower socioeconomic levels and higher vulnerability conditions. This event seeks to unite a group of researchers and specialists in Harm Reduction in Latin America in order to disseminate and socialize current knowledge regarding the smokable cocaine in several countries in the region.


Meeting of  prohibited plants producers
Time:  11:00
Venue: Entrance to Salon Mezzanine (Press Room)
Organized by: Transnational Institute and Prohibited Plants Growers Forum
Event Type: By invitation only. Interested contact:
Objetive: Collect poppy growers, and Coca Cannabis present to share updated information, agree on a common agenda and agree on the statement to be read at the closing ceremony.

Drug Courts in Latin America and the Caribbean
Time: 18:00-20:00
Organized by: Social Science Research Council, DSD Program
Event type: By invitation only
Objective: The participants will discuss how the lessons learned from the United States’ experience with drug courts might be relevant for a Latin American and Caribbean context; the implementation to date of drug courts in the region; and policy recommendations for promoting alternatives to incarceration.

Substance abuse by children, adolescents and youth: Practical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: Universidad Iberoamericana Hall  ( UNIBE ) Av . Francia No.129 , Gascue , Santo Domingo , Distrito Nacional
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetive: Raise awareness about the importance of prevention and timely treatment of problematic substance use in children, adolescents and youth.

After several days of intense work, exchange of ideas and a lot of learning, we invite you to share a space for distention participating in the closing party conference.
Income conference credential only entitling a soda, beer or Cuba Libre.
Hours: 21:00-03:00
Venue: SOUL BAR. 313, Street Mercedes 10210 Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Organized by: CONFEDROGAS Consortium and COIN
Event Type: Open to the public of the Conference presenting credentials conference



Prevention and Treatment in the context of problematic substance use: Lessons learned, good practice examples and local initiatives
Time: 9:00-11:00
Venue: School of Dentistry , Faculty of Health Sciences , Autonomous University of Santo Domingo ( UASD ) . Dr. Agustín Heredia Auditorium
Objetive: Address issues related to prevention and treatment services in the context of problematic substance use; lessons learned, examples of good practice and initiatives.

International Drug Policies Consortium Meeting (IDPC)
Time: 9:00-12:00
Venue: Centro Cultural España, Salón Polivalente
Organized by: International Drug Policies Consortium (IDPC)
Event Type: By invitation only
Participants profile: ONG representatives and IDPC members in Latin America
Objetive:  Offer dialogue space for members of IDPC Latin America to exchange information on the latest related to Drug Policy both in the region as an international level and define common strategies policy advocacy news .

Latin American Incarcelations for drug related crimes
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: COIN, Francis Taylor Auditorium. Calle Anibal de Espinosa No. 352 Villas Agricolas
Organized by: Human Rights Observatory for Vulnerable Groups (ODHGV)Human Rights Nacional Comision  (CNDH-RD)Intercambios Asociacion civilLa comisión de Derechos Humanos and Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD)
Event type: Open to the public,  until capacity is occupied
Objetive: Current international drug control policies have not decreased drug use, nor have they stopped the growth of plants for illegal markets, nor have they reduced drug trafficking. The evidence rather shows that drug laws falls disproportionately on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, as well as having the unintended consequence of overwhelming the administration systems of criminal justice and new conditions of violence. The aim of this event is to analyze the impact of criminal law and legal practice on drugs, seeking to generate information and promote an informed debate on the effectiveness of current policies and recommend alternative approaches for more fair and effective policies.

No Health, No Help – Abuse as Drug Rehabilitation in Latin America & the Caribbean: Findings and opportunities for intervention

BILINGUAL EVENT: Spanish-English
Time: 14:00
Venue: Centro Cultural España, Salón Polivalente
Organized by:  Intercambios Puerto RicoOpen Society FoundationsCOIN
Event Type: Open to the public
Objetive: The purpose of this event is to present the publication of the report “Nor relief, nor health – Abuses instead of rehabilitation for drug users in Latin America and the Caribbean” which includes the findings of researchers and civil society in six countries-Brazil, Colombia , Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law Researchers Meeting (CEDD)
Continues Saturday October 8
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel
Organized by: Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD)
Event type: CEDD Researchers Only
Objetive: Follow up on the different activities and projects from the collective, whose purpose is to analyze the impact of criminal law and legal practice on illicit drugs.