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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 5:00pm EDT March 22, 2016

America’s Longest War: The War on Drugs at Home and Abroad

Since 1971, when President Nixon declared the “war on drugs,” the United States has spent considerable resources at home and abroad in an attempt to curtail the illegal drug trade– with little success. The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs invites you to attend a panel discussion of the consequences of the drug war at home and abroad with experts from the Open Society Foundations. This event is free and open to the public.



About our speakers:


David Holiday is a senior regional advocacy officer in the Latin America Program at the Open Society Foundations, where he supports international advocacy, organized crime, and drug policy initiatives.

Throughout his career, Holiday has focused on human rights concerns around the world, primarily in Latin America. Prior to joining the Foundations, Holiday worked in Uzbekistan as the country representative for Counterpart International and in Afghanistan where he worked for the senior economic advisor to the president in support of the country’s National Development Strategy. 

Holiday spent nearly 20 years addressing civil society, human rights, and peace concerns in Central America. Before working in Central Asia, Holiday ran a project in El Salvador that supported civil society advocacy as well as transparency initiatives with the legislature and local governments. Holiday also worked for a USAID-funded project in support of civic advocacy organizations in the aftermath of the Guatemalan peace accords. During his tenure in El Salvador, he became the regional representative for Human Rights Watch, authoring or contributing to numerous human rights reports on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua throughout the 1990s.


Jasmine L. Tyler is the senior policy analyst for global health and drug policy at the Open Society Foundations, where she promotes the reform of domestic and international drug policy.

Prior to joining Open Society, she was deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked closely with Congress and the advocacy community to effectively shape public health, criminal justice, and health policy. She has also worked as research director for the Justice Policy Institute, contributing to research on the criminal justice system and juvenile justice reinvestment.

Tyler has contributed to several publications on mass incarceration, racial justice, and the war on drugs. She holds an MA from Brown University and a BS from James Madison University, both in sociology.