Analysis & Commentary

Expanding the Number of Rescue Beacons at the Border Could Help Save Migrants in Distress

Maureen Meyer examines the lack of emphasis on migrant deaths in the Senate's immigration bill and the difference that more rescue beacons could make.

Seven Bad Things That Will Happen After a “Border Surge”

Instead of seeking to re-create the Berlin Wall experience along a 1,969-mile border, a “border surge” would do better to focus its resources elsewhere.

What is the Real Cost of an Additional 20,000 Border Patrol Agents?

In the latest Border Fact Check, Senior Associates Maureen Meyer and Adam Isacson discuss the costly repercussions of the Corker-Hoeven amendment's proposal to increase the number of agents by 20,000.

U.S. Organizations Call for an End to Threats, Attacks, and Murders of Afro-Colombians

In this statement, US human rights, labor, and faith-based organizations call for an end to the violence against Afro-Colombians.

Drug Policy and Human Rights Groups Unite in Support of Drug Policy Reform at the OAS

WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers examines the role of civil society in this year's OAS General Assembly.

Latin American Leaders Chart Course for Drug Policy Debate

This year's OAS General Assembly marked a milestone in the drug policy debate. It was the first time member states came together for the sole purpose of addressing drug policy and charted a path forward to continue the discussion.

U.S. Moving in Right Direction on Afro-Colombians

After years of missing the mark, some United States aid and policies have begun to constructively support Afro-Colombians. More steps are needed, however, to secure and build upon any improvements made.

The Guatemala Genocide Case: Using the Legal System to Defeat Justice

With Ríos Montt Trial Partially Annulled, Justice and Rule of Law Hang in the Balance
Ríos Montt’s defense lawyers seem to have achieved—at least temporarily—their chief objective: to use the legal system to defeat justice. Will key actors within state and civil society be able to turn this around so that substantive justice can prevail?