Analysis & Commentary

Key Human Rights Appointment Presents a Test for the Mexican Government

If the Mexican government is serious about protecting human rights defenders and journalists, it should name someone highly qualified to direct the Human Rights Unit.

Multimedia Package: Five Ways to Stop Unsafe Deportations

Nearly two million people have been deported from the United States since 2009. Most of these migrants are Mexicans, and certain deportation practices put them at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels operating along the border. Here are five ways that the Obama administration can stop unsafe deportations.

Statement by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern on the Recent Election in El Salvador

Commends Supreme Electoral Council for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern made a public statement on the presidential election process in El Salvador, commending the Supreme Electoral Council (TSE) for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections.

Q&A: Understanding Venezuela’s Protests

WOLA's David Smilde Explains the Ongoing Protests
In this Q&A, WOLA Senior Fellow sheds light on the ongoing protests in Venezuela and dispels common misconceptions.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.

Launching Legal Marijuana: Regulatory Challenges and Options

A Rapporteur's Report on the Workshop
In October 2013, WOLA and the Drug Policy Alliance hosted the leading legislators and drug policy reformers in the Americas for a conference on creating and regulating legal marijuana programs.

Memo on Unsafe Deportations

Certain U.S. deportation practices are putting migrants at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels and criminal groups operating along the border. Eliminating unsafe deportation practices will bring greater order and security to the deportation process.