Analysis & Commentary

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

May Colombia Labor Rights Update

In an letter to policymakers, WOLA offers an update on the labor rights situation in Colombia

Sending In The Military: Not a Long-Term Solution to Mexico's Security Problems

Recent developments in Mexico highlight the ongoing security crisis in swaths of the country and suggest a repetition of past strategies.

Colombia Takes a Major Step Toward Ending 50 Years of Conflict

WOLA celebrates today’s announcement in Havana that the Colombian government and the FARC have reached agreement on illicit drug cultivation and trafficking, the third of five substantive agenda points in their negotiations to end Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

House Leaders Call on Colombian President To Investigate Recent Bombing, Protect Worker Safety

Members of the U.S. Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia highlight their concerns about continued violence, labor rights violations.

A Breath of Fresh Air on Drug Policy in the Americas

The Recent Debate at the CICAD
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers gives an overview of progress at the latest CICAD meeting, the region's main drug control body.

What Happens to Migrants after They Are Deported?

Security Crisis in Mexican State of Tamaulipas Highlights Risks to Returned Migrants
If the administration truly aims to make deportations more “humane,” it must also pay attention to what happens to Mexican migrants after they are repatriated.

ACSN Strongly Condemns Threats and Violence against Pacific Defenders of Afro-Colombian Rights and Community Activists

The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN) is gravely concerned about ongoing violence and atrocities in Colombia’s main port of Buenaventura and on-going intimidation of Afro-Colombian activists and persons who defend their rights.