Analysis & Commentary

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.

Human Rights Organizations Express Support to Advance Investigation into 43 Disappeared Students in Mexico

On the night of September 26, 2014, students in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero were violently attacked by local police; 43 students were detained and disappeared.

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.