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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

WOLA Endorses Uruguayan Candidate for Next OAS Secretary General

Foreign Minister Luis Almagro is a Great Candidate to Ensure Human Rights in the Hemisphere
WOLA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro in his candidacy to be the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). WOLA believes that Minister Almagro is a great candidate to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in the region.

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

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
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

WOLA and Duke University Present the 2013 Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz

Reading and discussion of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
On Wednesday, March 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University will present the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz for his critically acclaimed novel, "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster."

Latin America’s Dangerous Shift to Aerial Shootdown Policies in War on Drugs

Analysis & Commentary
As aerial shootdown policies spread throughout Latin America, it is unclear whether they are being implemented with the safeguards necessary to avoid future tragedies.

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.

Summit of the Americas: WOLA Resources

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

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.

WOLA Laments the Death of Sonia Pierre, Anti-discrimination Activist

Pierre’s death is a tremendous loss to all Dominicans and human rights defenders everywhere. WOLA recognizes the importance of Pierre’s work, and we express our condolences to Pierre’s family members and loved ones.

Report Back from Central America's Security Conference

A conversation with Geoff Thale and Adriana Beltrán
WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale and Senior Associate Adriana Beltran were recently in Guatemala City, where Central America's presidents and international donors were discussing responses to Central America's severe citizen security challenges.

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

WOLA will be in attendance in San Salvador
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.

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

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.

Media Background on Secretary of State Clinton's trip to Central America

Secretary Clinton is expected to address security issues with her counterparts in Central America

Three year study of the impact of DR-CAFTA on labor rights reveals precarious conditions

After three years of studying the impact of DR-CAFTA on labor rights, labor conditions have not improved despite promises made by the member countries to improve labor rights and the millions of dollars invested by the US

Forging New Ties

A Fresh Approach to U.S. Policy in Latin America
WOLA's plan for an overhaul of U.S.-Latin America relations gives the next administration important recommendations on how the United States can rebuild its standing in Latin America by putting relations on a new footing based on engagement, respect, and collective action on common challenges.