Analysis & Commentary

For a Lasting Peace, Afro-Colombians Need a Seat at the Table

After more than two years of negotiations between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders: Afro-Colombians.

Central America’s Child Exodus: One Year Later the Humanitarian Crisis is Far From Over

In an op-ed first published in The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson, the two urge Congress to address the causes of mass migration from Central America at their source.

Pope’s Visit to Bolivia Underscores Need for Drug Law Reform

In a long-anticipated trip, Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia today. His trip underscores the need for drug law reform.

Is the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border Still Ongoing?

Massive Migration Will Continue Until Root Causes Are Addressed
In the July 1 issue of the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, WOLA Senior Associate for Citizen Security Adriana Beltrán asked if the humanitarian crisis that began along the border in 2014 had ended. According to her, however, it is still raging.

What does it mean to have a human rights-oriented drug policy?

The war on drugs has failed; what are the alternative policies that can take its place?

New Data Show that Mexico has Intensified Its Immigration Operations Without Building an Adequate Refugee Protection System

In 2014, Mexico only gave asylum to 451 individuals; 83 percent of applications came from Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans
An analysis explaining why Mexico has so many potential refugees and so few recognized refugees.

Colombia's Peace Process: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Explanations of key issues at a difficult moment in the FARC-government peace talks
For over 25 years, the Washington Office on Latin America has closely tracked Colombia's armed conflict and efforts to end it. Here is our assessment of the current moment.