Analysis & Commentary

WOLA Named One of Washington’s 50 “Best Places to Work” in 2015

WOLA is honored to learn we were named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the capital’s 50 “Best Places to Work.”

Congressman Sam Farr’s Latin America on the Rise Congressional Briefing Series

Envisioning Peace in Colombia
The following presentation was prepared by Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes, for Congressman Sam Farr's Latin America on the Rise Congressional Briefing Series.

Venezuelan Elections Briefing: Arbiters and Overseers

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde looks at the social and political actors watching over Venezuela's high-stakes elections in the second part of a briefing on the December 6th legislative elections.

The Invisible Victims of Latin America's Incarceration Crisis

Understanding the Experience of Children of Imprisoned Parents
Incarceration has particularly negative effects on the children of imprisoned parents, a new study from Church World Service shows.

Obama’s Billion Dollar Aid Request to Central America: How has it changed?

The latest bills from Congress cut back on President Obama’s aid request while increasing military assistance. Here is an update of current funding proposals for Central America.

Increasing Incarceration for Drug Offenses in Latin America

Discourse vs. Reality
According to new research, incarceration for low-level drug offenses in increasing throughout Latin America.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

Support for excessively harsh drug laws stems from very real concerns in Latin America that drug markets generate instability and violence. However, data from previous CEDD research shows that the incarcerated are mainly low-level drug offenders, whose arrests have little or no impact on the drug trade, as they are the easiest to replace.

New Report: Increased Enforcement at Mexico’s Southern Border

An Update on Security, Migration, and U.S. Assistance
Far from deterring migrants from making the journey north, the most notable effect of Mexico’s migration crackdown has been changes in how migrants are traveling.