Analysis & Commentary

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

WOLA Monitoring the Administration's Central America Aid Request

Smart Investment Means Effectively Targeting Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following the Obama administration's historic billion-dollar aid request to Central America for FY2016, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.

Álvaro Uribe Addresses WOLA’s 5 Questions on the Colombian Peace Process

In his recent Washington visit, former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe addressed —but failed to fully respond to— WOLA’s five questions about his opposition to the Colombian peace process.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde argues that Venezuela's judicial system has become increasingly politicized, reflecting a society in which “rule by law” is taking precedence over “rule of law.”

Latest Border Stats Point to Heavy Child, Family Migration in 2015

WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacson takes a look at the latest official figures from Border Patrol, which suggest that while the numbers have fallen since 2014, 2015 is still on track to see a major wave of child and family migration from Mexico and Central America.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014: Santa Marta

At the 11th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, civil society experts and government officials came together to discuss preparations for the UNGASS in 2016.

WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale Testifies at House Hearing on Cuba

In his February 5 testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Thale provided policymakers with a look at the concrete benefits that increased engagement with Cuba will bring to the island's people.