Analysis & Commentary

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policies in the Americas

Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. The following women were convicted and imprisoned for drug offenses in Colombia and Costa Rica. These are their stories.

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 Ways the United States Can Support a Lasting Peace in Colombia

The 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia provides an excellent opportunity for the U.S. government to learn from the mistakes of the aid package, and ensure that future aid and diplomacy truly contributes to a lasting peace.

Interactive Data Presentation: Explore Plan Colombia's Legacy

WOLA has prepared an interactive data presentation showcasing the lessons of Plan Colombia, and outlining the challenges ahead of a post-conflict Colombia.

Afro-Colombians in the United States and Colombia International Relations

Despite being the collective owners of more than 5.5 million hectares of land, collectively titled and with some of the best natural resources in Colombia and in the world, Afro-Colombians face serious consequences that affect their development and survival.

Women Are Key to Making Peace Last in War-Torn Colombia

War-torn Colombia represents the perfect opportunity to integrate a gender-based perspective on peacebuilding, and the effort has succeeded so far in transformative ways.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.