Analysis & Commentary

Uruguay’s Big Step Toward Regulating its Cannabis Market

Uruguayan authorities have laid out plans for the biggest step yet in the country’s efforts to regulate all levels of the cannabis market: cultivation for commercial sales. Two companies have been selected to grow cannabis for sale in pharmacies, and that the first commercial offerings will likely be available in mid-year 2016.

Twilight Hour of Coca Fumigation in Colombia Shows its Injustice, Ineffectiveness

Thursday, October 1, will mark the end of Colombia’s aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops, representing a hard-fought victory against an ineffective, unjust, and destructive drug control policy.

Surprising August Increase in Unaccompanied Migrant Children at the Border

The U.S. Must Urgently Address Root Causes of Migration
WOLA’s analysts were surprised by U.S. Border Patrol’s report that the agency apprehended 4,632 unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border in August 2015, the largest monthly number of apprehended minors since the unprecedented wave of children in mid-2014.

A Year without Justice: Remembering the Victims of the September 2014 Attacks in Guerrero, Mexico

As we commemorate the anniversary of the September 2014 attacks in Iguala, Guerrero, we remember all those who were affected by the violent events.

How the film 'NN' explores issues of the missing in Peru

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt introduced the film 'NN' at the AFI's Latin American Film Festival, where she spoke about enforced disappearances in Peru during the years of political violence.

How a New Report Challenges Mexico's 'Official Version' of the Case of 43 Disappeared Students

A summary of the Group of Experts' initial conclusions and recommendations

Mexico Must Prioritize Quality over Quantity in Judicial Reform Process

With Ten Months Remaining, 40 Percent of Mexicans Still Lack Access to the Reformed System
While it is true that significant efforts are currently being made to reform Mexico’s judicial system, it is still too early to claim victory in their implementation.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.