Analysis & Commentary

GAO Report: Enforcement of FTA Labor Provisions Remains a Serious Problem

U.S. Government Agencies Should Act Quickly to Ensure That Legislative and Institutional Changes Lead to Labor Rights Protections on the Ground
The report recognizes that governments in the region have taken important steps to deal with labor commitments. But it concludes that more monitoring and more vigorous enforcement are required.

Building the Future in Central America

Requires Smart Investments in Safe and Sustainable Communities
On November 14, Vice President Joe Biden, the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and the president of the IDB met to develop a joint plan for Central America. In light of the discussions, 17 civil society organizations in the U.S. and Central America outlined 6 key principles that ought to guide the new Central American strategy.

This Report on Colombia's Lessons Has a Lot of Problems

A U.S. military school's report draws dangerous conclusions from inaccurate facts
WOLA finds numerous inaccuracies in a report from the Joint Special Operations University about the U.S. experience in Colombia. An attached PDF highlights problems with the report, which attacks human rights defenders and issues dangerous recommendations for U.S. military engagement worldwide.

WOLA/LAWG Statement on Meeting with Colombian National Protection Unit Director

Following their meeting with Colombia's National Protection Unit, WOLA and the Latin America Working Group issued the following statement on the challenges facing the state entity.

Murder of Indigenous Leaders by FARC Highlights Need for Better Protection

WOLA condemns violence, calls for respect for indigenous territorial autonomy
A recent attack by the FARC underlines the need for the guerrilla group to respect international law as the peace process progresses.

Mexicans Now the Minority of Migrant Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico Border

This year, for the first time ever, Mexican citizens made up less than half of the migrants whom U.S. Border Patrol apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Labor Rights Violations Continue in Colombia as Officials Declare “Victory”

WOLA letter highlights continued abuses, need for continued monitoring
Contrary to government statements, serious labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

Wave of Threats Hit Colombian Human Rights Defenders

Month dubbed "Black September" for spike in death threats
In what has been dubbed “Black September,” over 150 death threats have been issued in the month of September against Colombian human rights defenders, journalists, and labor leaders.