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WOLA Presents 2015 Human Rights Awards

On October 28, WOLA awarded its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2015 to two recipients who have shown unwavering dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: Tim Rieser, Foreign Policy Aide to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and the Colombian human rights organization Justicia y Paz.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights in the Americas

Drug policy reformers from throughout the hemisphere present on how drug policies have violated human rights.

WOLA Announces Recipients of its 2015 Human Rights Awards

Honors to be given at 10th Annual Gala on October 28 in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is proud to announce the recipients of its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2015 on the 10th anniversary of the awards.

In Historic Visit, Pope Francis to Address Key Issues in the Americas

WOLA Closely Following Papal Visit to Cuba, United States
WOLA will have key experts available for commentary and analysis during Pope Francis' historic visit, in which he is expected to address some of the most

Reflections From Havana: WOLA’s Geoff Thale on the U.S. Flag-Raising in Cuba

When the U.S. flag went up in front of the newly reopened embassy in Havana, it launched a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba. WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale went to Havana for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

Reflections From Havana: WOLA’s Geoff Thale at the U.S. Flag-Raising in Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
When the U.S. flag went up in front of the newly reopened embassy in Havana, it launched a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba. WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale went to Havana for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
This joint report analyzes the effects of drug policy in the Americas, including the militarization of law enforcement, the criminalization of consumption, the weakening of due process guarantees, mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and restrictions on access to health care.

Amid Changes in Cuba, U.S. to Officially Open New Embassy: WOLA in Havana

WOLA will be in Havana for the Inaugural Ceremony
On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cuba to attend the official ceremony for the opening of the first U.S. embassy in Havana in 54 years. WOLA will be on the ground for Secretary Kerry’s visit

Factsheet: Reforms in 21st Century Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past few years, the Cuban government has initiated a gradual but important process of reform. This includes economic changes that are moving a significant portion of the population out of the public sector and towards private employment.

Growing Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Trade

Analysis & Commentary
After fifty years of a failed foreign policy on Cuba, one thing has become clear to Americans of all political stripes: it’s time to end the Cuban trade embargo.

GOP-led, Bipartisan House Bill Seeks to End the Cuban Trade Embargo

Bill Shows Growing Republican Support for Broader Engagement with Cuba
Members of Congress from both parties, and across the political spectrum, are increasingly recognizing that after fifty years of failed policy that hurt the Cuban people and hinder the American economy, it is time for new approach.

Republican-Controlled Senate Panel Votes to Lift Travel Ban on Cuba, Widen Trade

Amendments would lift the travel ban on Cuba for one year, fund U.S. agricultural exports
Republican controlled U.S. Senate adopted several amendments that would lift travel ban on Cuba and would widen trade with the island

As Havana Opens a Washington Embassy, Republican-Led Bill Seeks to Improve Internet Access in Cuba

Bipartisan Bill Shows Growing Support for Greater Engagement
The Cuban government has opened an embassy on United States soil for the first time since 1961, a key step in updating U.S.-Cuba relations for today's realities Now it's time to to help update Cuba's internet and telecommunications sector for the 21st century.

Airbnb in Havana: Cuba’s Untapped Potential for Online Entrepreneurship

Analysis & Commentary
Airbnb and online platforms like it have enormous potential to fuel the ongoing economic reforms in Cuba. The only problem: Airbnb relies on internet access, which is highly limited on the island.

WOLA: Updating U.S.-Cuba Policy for the 21st Century

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA is working to end the embargo and to educate the general public, policymakers and members of Congress on the value of opening up trade, travel and diplomatic cooperation with Cuba.

Business, Faith, and Human Rights Groups Urge Congress to Support U.S. Embassy in Cuba

A New Embassy Would Assist Diplomacy, Open New Trade Opportunities
A broad and diverse set of organizations including human rights organizations, business, trade associations, and faith groups issued a joint statement urging Congress to support the establishment of a U.S. embassy in Cuba.

U.S. and Cuba to Officially Open Embassies: WOLA's Response

Establishing a U.S. embassy in Cuba will open up new possibilities for dialogue, and is clearly in the U.S. economic, security and foreign policy interest.

State Department Announces Cuba's Removal from 'State Sponsors of Terror' List

Move Represents Long Overdue Step Toward Updating U.S.-Cuba Relations
Today the State Department announced the removal of Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The move takes effect today after the end of a 45-day waiting period following the White House's announcement of the move to Congress.

Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.