Analysis & Commentary

Five Questions about Mexico's New Southern Border Program

There is little clarity about the budget, scope, or operational strategy of Mexico’s new Southern Border Program. In the meantime, as Mexico moves forward with its plans to secure the southern border, here are five key questions.

Prison Reform in Latin America: The Costa Rican Experience

In June of 2014, WOLA's Citizen Security team invited a delegation of prison experts to Costa Rica to discuss strategies for prison reform and visit Costa Rica's penitentiary system as a case study.

Reforms and Contradictions in Ecuador’s Drug Policy

On August 11, 2014 a sweeping new penal code went into effect in Ecuador, which includes significant revisions to the country’s previous drug law. What do the changes mean, and how did they come about?

ACSN Statement on Murder of Colombian Journalist

Effectiveness of Government’s Protection Unit Called into Question
After the murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes, the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network questions how effective the government's protection program really is.

WOLA's Resources and Analysis on the Crisis of Migrant Children

For decades, WOLA has researched and reported on the conditions of crime, violence, and lack of economic opportunity as push factors driving migration. Below is a list of WOLA resources and analysis on the issues of unaccompanied minors, border security and migration, and citizen security.

Statements by Religious Communities on the Unaccompanied Children at the Border

In recent months, unaccompanied Central American children have arrived at the U.S. border seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Here are a few statements that have been issued by religious communities in the U.S.

Unaccompanied Children Are No Reason to Send the National Guard to the Border

Five reasons to reject current proposals to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Five reasons to reject current proposals to send the U.S. National Guard to the border with Mexico. Concerns about unaccompanied children at the border do not warrant it. This use of military force reeks of political expediency, not sound policymaking.

Central American Children Fleeing Violence: Links to Service Providers

Many individuals have contacted WOLA asking what is being done to help respond to the urgent needs of unaccompanied children and families from Central America. To complement WOLA's targeted advocacy on this issue, we have compiled a list of organizations working to help these children.