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The War On Drugs
Since President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971, the United States has spent more than $1 trillion to reduce the illegal drug trade at home and abroad with little success. Two experts who are taking part in different aspects of this complicated fight will discuss its domestic and international consequences on March 22 as part of the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs speaker series.
“America’s Longest War: The War on Drugs at Home and Abroad,” is a panel discussion featuring David Holiday and Jasmine L. Tyler, experts from the Open Society Foundations. The event at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge is free and open to the public.
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. Most recently, she was a featured in the Feb. 23 Frontline investigation, “Chasing Heroin” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/chasing-heroin . 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.
Washington College’s Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, student participation in models and conferences, and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy. For more information on this panel, visit the event page at http://ow.ly/T7TuO