Analysis & Commentary

Government of Mexico Must Investigate the String of Murders of Journalists from Veracruz

Murder of Ruben Espinosa Highlights Need to Strengthen Protections
Whether because of a lack of will or lack of capacity, the government of Mexico has failed to investigate threats and attacks against journalists.

International Law and Drug Policy Reform

Report of an Expert Seminar on International Drug Control Law
In October 2014, WOLA and partner organizations hosted an Expert Seminar on drug law reform and the UN drug control conventions. This Rapporteur's Report summarizes the discussions.

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War
Across the Americas, repressive drug policies make easy targets of small-scale dealers and people who use drugs, while doing little to thwart large-scale traffickers or organized crime.

The Mexican Government’s Failed Investigation into the 43 Students’ Enforced Disappearance

New Report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Highlights Shortcomings
The CNDH report outlines six key points that are fairly basic steps in any criminal investigation and that Mexican authorities have not yet done.

Growing Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Trade

After fifty years of a failed foreign policy on Cuba, one thing has become clear to Americans of all political stripes: it’s time to end the Cuban trade embargo.

Airbnb in Havana: Cuba’s Untapped Potential for Online Entrepreneurship

Airbnb and online platforms like it have enormous potential to fuel the ongoing economic reforms in Cuba. The only problem: Airbnb relies on internet access, which is highly limited on the island.

How Both Sides See the Recent Ups and Downs of Colombia's Peace Process

The last seven months have seen the pendulum of Colombia’s peace process swing back and forth rather wildly. For the months ahead, it’s worth looking at the volatile swings of 2015 from both sides’ on-the-record perspectives.

WOLA: Updating U.S.-Cuba Policy for the 21st Century

WOLA is working to end the embargo and to educate the general public, policymakers and members of Congress on the value of opening up trade, travel and diplomatic cooperation with Cuba.