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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.

WOLA: Promoting Peace, Justice, and Human Dignity in the Americas

Video
WOLA envisions a future where human rights and social justice are the foundation for public policy in Latin America, in the U.S. relationship with the region; where change happens when people on-the-ground connect with people who make policy, and where people work together across borders to respect human rights and democratic values.

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.

Highlights from WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala

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On October 24, 2013, WOLA honored Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ambassador Milton Romani Gerner, and Mexican Journalist Marcela Turati with the WOLA Human Rights Award. "Washington Life Magazine" was there to capture the evening. To see photos and watch the honorees' moving acceptance speeches, please click here.

40 Years After the Coup in Chile

Joe Eldridge, WOLA's co-founder, was in Santiago on September 11, 1973
Publication
On September 11, 1973, democracy came to a violent end in Chile. Joe Eldridge, the chaplain of American University, was there. Here, he recounts the terror of those days, and the revelations of the U.S. role, which led him to co-found WOLA a year later.

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.

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.

President Obama's Visit to Latin America

Publication
President Barack Obama will be visiting Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador on March 19-23. In WOLA's inaugural podcast, Adam Isacson, Joy Olson, Vicki Gass, John Walsh and Adriana Beltrán talk about what to expect as the President visits a rapidly changing region. (MP3 file, 8.7MB, 18 minutes, 10 seconds)

Failure to Open "New Chapter of Engagement" Will Dog President Obama on Visit to Latin America

An article by WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers in Foreign Policy in Focus
Analysis & Commentary
When President Obama embarks on his trip to Latin America this week, he will encounter a very different political environment than he found at the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago, where Latin American leaders practically tripped over each other to shake his hand and pose for the proverbial photo op.

Latin America Policy in the Next Two Years

The Obama Administration and the New Congress
Publication
A new Congress with a distinctly more conservative cast and a more confrontational tone has taken office. What does this mean for the Obama Administration’s Latin America policy in the next two years?

President Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Latin America

Arriving Empty Handed?
News
We will hear words like “partnership” and “engagement” used frequently during the visit. While positive, these words have little meaning if they don’t come with a commitment to expend resources to help our “partners” address their main concerns.

President Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Latin America

Analysis by Senior Associate Adam Isacson
Analysis & Commentary
When President Obama travels to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador from March 19th to 23rd, he will encounter a vastly different region than the one his predecessors visited.

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.

Waiting for Change

Publication
Waiting for Change documents the complexities and disappointments of the Obama Administration’s relations with Latin America in its first year. The report identifies an underlying trend toward greater militarization of U.S. foreign policy which spans Democratic and Republican administrations alike.