Analysis & Commentary

Latin America’s Dangerous Shift to Aerial Shootdown Policies in War on Drugs

As aerial shootdown policies spread throughout Latin America, it is unclear whether they are being implemented with the safeguards necessary to avoid future tragedies.

What New Border Patrol Statistics Reveal about Changing Migration to the United States

Migrants, increasingly non-Mexican, are arriving in Texas -- and frequently dying in remote areas
This week, the U.S. Border Patrol released statistics about its activities in 2013. Graphics show increased migration of Central American citizens across the U.S.-Mexico border, a shift to southern Texas, and a stubbornly high number of people dying on U.S. soil.

U.S. Policy in Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

Washington's pursuit of trade with Colombia — encapsulated by the recent U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement — is abetting human rights abuses and marginalizing Colombian activists.

Peace, Drug Policy, and an Inclusive Society

Eleven Ways Colombian and FARC Negotiators can Reform Drug Policy and Build a Lasting Peace
WOLA experts provide recommendations to Colombian and FARC negotiators in the peace process.

CELAC Meeting Attendance Shows Growing Importance of Regional Body

On Tuesday, January 29, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza will attend the second CELAC summit in Havana; their attendance signals the growing diplomatic importance of the regional body.

WOLA's Letter to the Editor About Drug Trafficking in El Salvador

In a Letter to the Editor in "The Washington Post," WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale responds to an earlier op-ed by Elliott Abrams on drug trafficking in El Salvador.

Court’s Ruling on Operation Genesis a Leap Forward for Justice for Afro-Colombian Victims

In a major decision, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ruled that Colombia was responsible for not preventing the 1997 displacement of thousands of Afro-Colombians.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women's Imprisonment in Latin America

Harsh drug laws are driving a surge in the number of women imprisoned in Latin America
Unjust drug laws are behind much of the surge in Latin America's female prison population.