Analysis & Commentary

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.

Ghosts of Past Violence Haunt Guatemala’s New President

As Jimmy Morales assumes the presidency in Guatemala, the recent arrest of 18 high-ranking retired military officers for war crimes highlights the need to continue tackling corruption and impunity in the country and region.

WOLA Update on Mexico's Case of 43 Disappeared Students

As we move into 2016, only four months remain for the Group of Experts investigating the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico.

Recommendations to the United States to Support the Consolidation of Peace in Colombia

Lisa Haugaard, Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), in consultation with Peace Brigades International and Colombian human rights & victims organizations developed this recommendations to the United States to support the consolidation of peace in Colombia.

WOLA’s Joy Olson Reflects on Gun Violence and its Victims

‘We All Need to Do What We Can, Where We Are’
WOLA's Executive Director Joy Olson reflects on her experience at the White House ceremony in which President Obama presented new executive actions on gun policy.

U.S. Increases Central America Aid, But It’s No Blank Check

New conditions on U.S. aid to Central America show that the fight against corruption, the protection of human rights, and the strengthening of public institutions are high on Congress' agenda. Now it is up to the governments of Central America to demonstrate a similar commitment.