All Content: Cuba

World Leaders Convene in New York for Landmark UN Drug Summit as Opposition to Drug War Mounts

WOLA Experts will be in Attendance, Presenting at the UN
News
This week, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York for the highest-level meeting on drug policy in nearly two decades.

President Obama’s Historic Trip to Cuba and Argentina

News
President Obama is making a historic visit to Cuba on March 20-22. During the visit he is expected to discuss updating U.S.-Cuba relations for the 21st century.

Historic Presidential Visit Marks a New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations

President Obama’s Trip Comes Amid New Regulations, Important Changes in Cuba
News
On March 21-22, President Obama will travel to Havana, Cuba in a historic visit following 15 months of efforts to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations. It is the first such visit by a sitting U.S. president in over 80 years, and is sure to highlight the biggest issues facing Cuba today.

Can U.S. Engagement with Cuba Encourage Improvements in Human Rights and Political Freedoms?

Analysis & Commentary
Cuba has been undergoing a process of change in recent years on the economic front. These changes are significant, and affect the daily lives of people on the island. The question remains – can these internal changes and the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations help encourage greater political space on the island?

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.

Trade and Engagement with Cuba: What the U.S Government Should Do This Year

Analysis & Commentary
While the Obama administration has made major strides on U.S.-Cuba relations, there are a number of actions that it can still do between now and the end of the year that would decisively move the relationship, even as Congress considers whether to end the embargo.

14 Steps the Obama Administration Can Take to Advance U.S.-Cuba Relations

Analysis & Commentary
In the U.S. relationship with Cuba, the President can take steps that would improve business opportunities, open new possibilities for U.S. philanthropy, expand American travel, bring health and medicinal benefits to the American people, and strengthen our security.

Factsheet: Growing Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Relations

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.

President Obama's Cuba Visit Signals The End of an Era

News
The White House will announce that President Obama will travel to Cuba in the near future. This trip will be a historic and important step in the process of normalizing relations with Cuba and in ending decades of hostility and mistrust.

Why an End to the U.S. Embargo on Cuba is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past year, the relationship between the United States and Cuba has advanced significantly toward normalization. Nevertheless, only the U.S. Congress can lift the embargo, and as momentum shifts towards the side of the reformers, WOLA explores six signs that demonstrate an impetus for change.

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.

Republicans and Democrats Join Forces to Advance U.S.-Cuba Relations

Bi-partisan Cuba Working Group Formed in Congress
News
Twelve members of the House of Representatives are reaching across the aisle to push for greater U.S. engagement with Cuba by forming the bi-partisan Cuba Working Group.

WOLA Presents 2015 Human Rights Awards

News
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

Video
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.
News
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
News
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

Video
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
Publication
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
News
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