All Content: Dominican Republic

International Community Must Guarantee Rights of Dominico-Haitian Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Following ruling 168-13 of the the Domican Republic's Constitutional Court, Dominico-Haitian defenders have been under attack. The deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have further created an environment that requires international community to guarantee protection of human rights.

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.

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
News
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.

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.

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
News
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

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 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
News
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

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.

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

Publication
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
Publication
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
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.