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GOP-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
News
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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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.

White House Announces Cuba’s Removal from ‘State Sponsors of Terror’ List

News
The Obama administration's announcement is a sensible, long overdue step that will improve U.S. ties with not only Cuba, but all of Latin America as well.

Why it Makes Sense to Remove Cuba from the ‘State Sponsors of Terror’ List

Analysis & Commentary
Cuba's pending removal from the list is both a necessary step towards opening a U.S. embassy in Havana as well as President Obama’s deeper process of updating U.S. policy towards Cuba for the 21st century.

A Historic Summit of the Americas

Cuba Participation and New Prospects for U.S. Engagement with the Region
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The upcoming Summit of the Americas will be the first such gathering attended by the government of Cuba, and presents new opportunities for the future of U.S.-Latin American relations.

What Can We Expect to Come From U.S.-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue?

Analysis & Commentary
Tuesday's meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to discuss human rights may not produce immediate results, but it is undoubtedly the start of what will be a lengthy process that will require genuine two-way dialogue.

WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale Testifies at House Hearing on Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
In his February 5 testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Thale provided policymakers with a look at the concrete benefits that increased engagement with Cuba will bring to the island's people.

Did Raúl Castro Really Just Derail the U.S.-Cuba Talks with New Demands?

Castro’s overblown comments are neither surprising nor alarming
Analysis & Commentary
News stories and Twitter feeds yesterday trumpeted what sounded like new obstacles that Cuban President Raúl Castro was placing in the path of improved U.S.-Cuban relations. But the understanding of what Castro said, and what it means, has been mostly wrong.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

UNGASS in 2016 will offer the highest-level debate on drug policy in recent history
Analysis & Commentary
In April 2016, the United Nations will convene a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) specifically related to drugs. Click here to learn more about what WOLA is hoping the historic event will achieve, and what we're doing to make our goals a reality.

9 Key Questions about New Cuba Regulations

What Do They Mean for Trade, Travel, Americans, and Cubans?
Analysis & Commentary
On January 15, 2015, the Obama administration released sweeping regulations to implement its new Cuba policy. This list covers the most significant measures and offers insight on how these regulations will make a difference for U.S. travelers to Cuba and the Cuban people.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

The View from Havana: WOLA Was on the Ground When History Was Made

Analysis & Commentary
Members of WOLA's Cuba program staff were in Cuba when the news broke about the release of Alan Gross and President Obama's announcement. Program Director Geoff Thale shares his on-the-ground perspective of how the news was received in Cuba.

Obama's Historic Announcement on Cuba: WOLA Resources and Analysis

WOLA's Cuba experts are on hand to provide analysis and commentary on President Obama's change in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
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Today, President Obama announced a historic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. WOLA has experts on the ground in Havana, who are available for analysis.