Analysis & Commentary

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

UNGASS in 2016 will offer the highest-level debate on drug policy in recent history
In April 2016, the United Nations will convene a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) specifically related to drugs. Click here to learn more about what WOLA is hoping the historic event will achieve, and what we're doing to make our goals a reality.

Colombia’s Military: Supporters or Saboteurs of the Peace Process?

The Colombian military generally presents a united front in supporting the government's ongoing peace talks with FARC rebels, but there are signs of serious dissent within the officer corp. WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson takes a closer look.

Fact Check: is Total 'Operational Control' at the Border a Realistic Goal?

House Republicans have presented a new border bill that would punish political appointees for not obtaining the impossible: “operational control” of the border in five years, a standard that would be expensive, disruptive, and ultimately unworkable.

Forgotten on 'La Frontera': Mexican Children Fleeing Violence Are Rarely Heard

This investigative report highlights the stories of Mexican child migrants who flee to the U.S. and their treatment by U.S. and Mexican authorities. WOLA finds that the U.S. law to protect vulnerable Mexican children often fails in practice, and Mexican authorities are not doing enough to adequately protect these at-risk youths.

How the U.S. and Mexican Governments Can Better Protect Unaccompanied Mexican Children Fleeing Violence

The current system to screen and protect Mexican children fleeing violence often fails in practice. WOLA outlines recommendations to improve screening procedures and better protect vulnerable children.

A Bilateral Cease-Fire in Colombia: What Must Be Negotiated?

Senior Associate Adam Isacson offers his take on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' changed stance on a bilateral ceasefire with the FARC.

9 Key Questions about New Cuba Regulations

What Do They Mean for Trade, Travel, Americans, and Cubans?
On January 15, 2015, the Obama administration released sweeping regulations to implement its new Cuba policy. This list covers the most significant measures and offers insight on how these regulations will make a difference for U.S. travelers to Cuba and the Cuban people.

Afro-Colombian Activists Facing Increased Threats

U.S. and Colombian Governments Must Improve Protection for the Victims and Sanction Perpetrators
A recent wave of threats against Colombian human rights defenders underscores the need for immediate action.