Analysis & Commentary

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.

Remembering Javier Diez Canseco in the U.S. Capital

WOLA Reflects on the Legacy of the Peruvian Human Rights Leader
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers remembers Peruvian congressman and human rights defender one year after his passing.

Scores of Colombian Miners Trapped after Mine Collapse

Collapse the Result of Inadequate Government Regulation
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network reports a new tragedy resulting on the lack of effective control of the illegal large-scale mining in ancestral Afro-Colombian territories.

WOLA Calls Attention to Human Rights Violations against Afro-Colombian Groups

Letter to Colombian Official Calls for Concrete Action
In a letter to Óscar Gamboa, Director of the Programa Presidencial para la Población Afrocolombiana, WOLA gives an overview of continued violations and asks for concrete action to protect vulnerable groups.

Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Buenaventura

WOLA stands with the residents of Buenaventura, Colombia's largest pacific port, in commemorating the brutal massacre of 12 young men nine years ago.

The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy: New Actors and Approaches

The launch of a new 501(c)4 organization, #CubaNow, underscores the degree to which the political debate around Cuba has changed and the abundance of political space that the Obama administration currently has to make further changes to its policy toward Cuba.