Analysis & Commentary

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.

U.S.-Cuba Policy: No Longer a Third Rail in South Florida Politics

For years, Cuba policy has been the third rail of South Florida politics. But recent events demonstrate that far from being a political death sentence, supporting travel to Cuba may in fact be politically advantageous.

The Prisoners of Guantanamo: Politicized Human Rights

The proposal to receive various Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release has become the central issue in Uruguay’s electoral race, politicizing an issue that deserves to be treated as a humanitarian crisis.

New Developments along Mexico’s Southern Border

Mexico’s Government Deploys Additional Forces and Requests Funds for Southern Border Program
WOLA and Fundar provide an analysis of Mexico's stepped-up migration enforcement strategy at its southern border.

Police Militarization: Similarities between Ferguson and Brazil

Recent “tipping point” events in Missouri and Brazil shed light on racist police practices and the militarization of police forces in both the United States and Brazil.

Migration and Citizen Security in El Salvador

The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration offers a promising approach
The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration in El Salvador offers some promising proposals to address the lack of opportunity and insecurity that drive irregular migration to the United States.

12 Principles to Assess the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

WOLA's Central America team drafted a set of key principles to assess the Central American governments’ Alliance for Prosperity plan that was presented by the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras this past Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The plan addresses the drivers of migration in the region.