Analysis & Commentary

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.

Launching Legal Marijuana: Regulatory Challenges and Options

A Rapporteur's Report on the Workshop
In October 2013, WOLA and the Drug Policy Alliance hosted the leading legislators and drug policy reformers in the Americas for a conference on creating and regulating legal marijuana programs.

Memo on Unsafe Deportations

Certain U.S. deportation practices are putting migrants at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels and criminal groups operating along the border. Eliminating unsafe deportation practices will bring greater order and security to the deportation process.

WOLA Experts Investigate Mexico's Southern Border: Blogs from the Field

WOLA's Border Security and Migration team just returned from a trip along the southern border of Mexico to investigate the situation along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and what it means in the context of the U.S. immigration debate. Click here to read Adam Isacson's daily blogs from the trip.

Venezuela: Discussing the Protest Movement and Memorializing Chavez

Latin Pulse interview with David Smilde
WOLA's David Smilde speaks to Rick Rockwell of Latin Pulse, explaining the current protests in Venezuela.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.