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America’s Longest War: The War on Drugs at Home and Abroad
On Monday, Feb. 15, the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs will sponsor “America’s Longest War: The War on Drugs at Home and Abroad,” a free panel discussion about the United States’ “war on drugs.” The panel will feature David Holiday and Jasmine L. Tyler, experts from the Open Society Foundations.
The United States first declared its “war on drugs” in 1971, during President Nixon’s administration. In the four decades since, the country has spent more than $1 trillion to reduce the illegal drug trade both at home and abroad with little success. Holiday and Tyler discuss the international and domestic consequences of these anti-drug policies.
David Holiday is a senior regional advocacy officer in the Latin American program at the Open Society Foundations. His work focuses on international advocacy and initiatives for control of organized crime and drug policies. Holiday has worked around the world promoting human rights and civil society work with Open Society Foundations and groups like Human Rights Watch, in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
Jasmine L. Tyler is the Open Society Foundations senior policy analyst for global health and drug policy work. Before joining the Open Society, Tyler was the deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which strove to rework the public health and criminal justice systems. She also worked with the Justice Policy Institute, where she did research about the criminal and juvenile justice systems. At Open Society Tyler works to promote reformed policies on national and global drug control laws.
This panel is free and open to the public and will be held at 5:00 PM, Monday, Feb. 15, in Hynson Lounge. For more information on this panel, visit the event page at http://ow.ly/T7TuO.