Unlike most of its neighbors, Costa Rica has enjoyed over six decades of stable democratic government. Its Human Development Index is among the highest in the region.
Despite its record with respect to peace and good governance, the country is not immune to social ills such as gender violence. Not all of it is homegrown: Costa Rica's comparative wealth makes it a magnet for migrants from the region. Some of those crossing its borders in search of better lives are women fleeing abuse in their homelands.
Since 2013, IDLO has been working with the Costa Rican judiciary to provide advice and assistance to women victims of violence.