Analysis & Commentary

WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Gala in 'Washington Life Magazine'

The February 2014 issue of 'Washington Life Magazine' highlights WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Key Human Rights Appointment Presents a Test for the Mexican Government

If the Mexican government is serious about protecting human rights defenders and journalists, it should name someone highly qualified to direct the Human Rights Unit.

Multimedia Package: Five Ways to Stop Unsafe Deportations

Nearly two million people have been deported from the United States since 2009. Most of these migrants are Mexicans, and certain deportation practices put them at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels operating along the border. Here are five ways that the Obama administration can stop unsafe deportations.

Statement by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern on the Recent Election in El Salvador

Commends Supreme Electoral Council for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern made a public statement on the presidential election process in El Salvador, commending the Supreme Electoral Council (TSE) for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections.

Q&A: Understanding Venezuela’s Protests

WOLA's David Smilde Explains the Ongoing Protests
In this Q&A, WOLA Senior Fellow sheds light on the ongoing protests in Venezuela and dispels common misconceptions.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.