Analysis & Commentary

The Plight of Migrant Children at the Border Highlights Need to Invest in Central America

WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale discusses the "push" factors that are driving an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American youth to migrate to the U.S., and what can be done to mitigate these factors.

Peru Sends Mixed Signals on Drug Policy

What does the firing of Peru's top drug official mean for the Andean country's future policies? WOLA's Coletta Youngers explains in an article in the World Politics Review

Executive Summary: Mexico's Other Border

New WOLA Report on Security and the Crisis in Central American Migration Between Mexico and Guatemala
WOLA's new report not only explains what Mexico’s “other border” looks like, it shows very clearly that the real humanitarian emergency is not just in shelters and detention facilities in south Texas—it runs along the entire migration route to the United States.

Three Myths about Central American Migration to the United States

WOLA and the Jesuit Conference created a joint fact sheet that separates myth from reality in a confusing situation on the border.

Challenges for El Salvador’s New Administration

Salvador Sánchez Cerén will have to confront significant criminal, economic, and political difficulties as he takes office as President of El Salvador. The U.S. and international community should play a supportive role as the new administration addresses these serious problems.

Will the U.S. let Colombia End Its Civil War?

After half a century, Colombia may put an end to its conflict—if the U.S. will allow it.
With a new agreement on drug policy, Colombian government and FARC negotiators appear closer than ever to a peace accord. But will the U.S. allow it?

Mexico at Peace

An Incomplete Approach
In this report, researchers analyze the efficacy of Mexico's new program to address violence.

Members of Congress Encourage Dialogue with Venezuela

On May 27, 2014, 14 Members of Congress signed a letter saying they oppose sanctions against Venezuela and encourage dialogue with the country.