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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

News
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
News
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women's Imprisonment in Latin America

Harsh drug laws are driving a surge in the number of women imprisoned in Latin America
Analysis & Commentary
Unjust drug laws are behind much of the surge in Latin America's female prison population.

Washingtonian Magazine Names WOLA as One of DC's "50 Great Places to Work"

Analysis & Commentary
In the non-profit sector today, having good intentions simply isn’t enough. Organizations must be well-managed to be effective. We believe that promoting human rights and social justice in Latin America is of critical importance, and we work hard to ensure that WOLA is sustainably and efficiently run in order to have the greatest impact possible.

Nuevo Estudio: América Latina castiga a ofensores de drogas más que a asesinos o violadores

News
En América Latina es más grave contrabandear marihuana con el fin de venderla a quien quiere consumirla, que violar a una mujer o matar voluntariamente al vecino.

The Human Cost of the Drug War

Drugs and Prisons in Latin America
Publication
The people in the videos are featured because they represent the rarely revealed human side of the war on drugs.

Help Bring Justice and Re-Unite Families who were Victims of Argentina’s Military Dictatorship

WOLA Urges Support for Hinchey Amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act
Analysis & Commentary
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has introduced an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2012 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to share relevant information about the Argentine Dirty War with the Congressional Intelligence Committees

Summit of the Americas: WOLA Resources

News
WOLA is pleased to provide these resources about the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

Summit of the Americas: Walking the Walk on Partnership

Analysis & Commentary
The presidents of the Americas (with some notable exceptions) will gather once again later this month. President Obama will likely again focus on partnership, engagement, and co-responsibility. These are the right ideas, and they can revolutionize our relationship with the hemisphere.

WOLA: Promoting Human Rights, Democracy, and Social Justice

Video
As the year winds to a close, we hope you will enjoy this video about how WOLA works with partners in the region to advance human rights in Latin America. If you have not done so, we hope you will consider making a donation to WOLA to support our continued efforts. Your support makes a difference.

"The Justice Cascade" Wins WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award

Publication
WOLA and Duke University are proud to announce Kathryn Sikkink’s new book The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics as the winner of the 2011 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

OAS General Assembly to Emphasize Citizen Security Amidst Mounting Crime and Violence

WOLA will be in attendance in San Salvador
News
The upcoming OAS General Assembly, has as its theme “Citizen Security in the Americas,” a key issue given the alarming levels of violence in the region.

Citizen Security and Human Rights in Argentina

A Conversation with Gastón Chillier of CELS
Publication
Adam talks to Gastón Chillier, director of Argentina's Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), about the group's recent work on citizen security and the ongoing effort to hold human rights violators accountable in Argentina.

Argentina's Madres de la Plaza de Mayo

Video
WOLA Fellow Lucila Santos talks to Carmen Lapacó and María Adela Antokoletz, founding members of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo Linea Fundadora in Argentina. Their group was formed during Argentina's dictatorship and continues to seek justice today for relatives of people detained and disappeared by the government.

A First Look at the 2012 U.S. Foreign Aid Request

The foreign aid budget—which accounts for most aid to the region—is being cut deeply.
Analysis & Commentary
As the Obama administration seeks to close the huge U.S. deficit without raising taxes, cutting defense or reducing entitlements, programs like foreign assistance are likely to suffer.

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

TNI/WOLA Drug Law Reform Project
Publication
According to a new study, throughout Latin America non-violent drug offenders are being imprisoned, violating human rights and overloading the region's prison system.

New Study Reveals Alarming Pattern in Imprisonment for Drug Crimes in Latin America

The weight of the law falls on the most vulnerable individuals, overcrowding the prisons, but allowing drug trafficking to flourish
News
A comparative study on the impact of drug policies on the prison systems of eight Latin American countries - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay - reveals that drug laws have contributed to the prison crises these countries are experiencing.