All Content: El Salvador

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.

Human Rights Prosecutions in El Salvador

On March 24, 2014, WOLA was joined by guests from El Salvador for an update and discussion of the status of human rights prosecutions in the country.

WOLA Experts are Traveling along Mexico's Southern Border: Blogs from the Field

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Adam Isacson is on the road, investigating the situation along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and what it means in the context of the U.S. immigration debate. Click here to read his latest post.

Jim DeMint’s Fear-Mongering About El Salvador

WOLA responds to the Heritage Foundation's scare tactics
Analysis & Commentary
DeMint and the Heritage Foundation substitute mud-slinging for serious analysis of El Salvador's upcoming presidential elections.

What New Border Patrol Statistics Reveal about Changing Migration to the United States

Migrants, increasingly non-Mexican, are arriving in Texas -- and frequently dying in remote areas
This week, the U.S. Border Patrol released statistics about its activities in 2013. Graphics show increased migration of Central American citizens across the U.S.-Mexico border, a shift to southern Texas, and a stubbornly high number of people dying on U.S. soil.

Background Information on the Upcoming Elections in El Salvador

WOLA's Geoff Thale Provides Expert Information & Analysis

Elections in El Salvador and Costa Rica

Candidates and issues for February 2 voting
February 2 will see first-round presidential elections in both El Salvador and Costa Rica. Both countries' races are too close to call. Adam talks with WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale about candidates and issues.

WOLA's Letter to the Editor About Drug Trafficking in El Salvador

Analysis & Commentary
In a Letter to the Editor in "The Washington Post," WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale responds to an earlier op-ed by Elliott Abrams on drug trafficking in El Salvador.

A Big Shift in Migration, and the Importance of Search and Rescue

Humanitarian concerns as more migrants, mostly Central American, enter south Texas instead of Arizona
Analysis & Commentary
The new epicenter of undocumented migration is in south Texas. The growth in migration is almost entirely Central American, not Mexican. Search and rescue efforts make a difference and should expand.

Amnesty, Impunity, and Archives in El Salvador

On Tuesday, December 10, WOLA invited Salvadoran ombudsman David Morales, Stanford University professor Dr. Terry Karl, and American University researcher Héctor Silva Avalos to discuss pressing issues in El Salvador. To watch a video of the event, please click here.

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.

Files on Cases of Minors Disappeared during Civil War in El Salvador are Stolen

Salvadoran Government Must Take Decisive Action
Pro-Búsqueda, a Salvadoran organization dedicated to finding children who disappeared during the civil war, reported today that early this morning, its offices were broken into.

Amnesty under Fire in El Salvador: Legal Challenges and Political Implications

Analysis & Commentary
Since the end of the Salvadoran civil war in 1992, victims of human rights abuses have chafed at the country’s Amnesty Law. However, recent developments suggest that the tide is turning against the amnesty and its supporters.

Integrity of El Salvador's Tutela Legal Archives Must be Maintained and Respected

Tutela Legal’s archives contain the only records of many cases of human rights abuses that occurred during and after the civil war. WOLA respectfully urges the Archbishop of San Salvador to ensure that the files are protected.

Human Rights Organizations Speak Out on Closure of Tutela Legal in El Salvador

WOLA and 18 human rights organizations throughout Latin America have sent a letter to Archbishop Escobar Alas, Archbishop of San Salvador, on the Archdiocese’s abrupt closure of Tutela Legal.

Legal Aid Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador Closes, Risking Thousands of Records on Human Rights Violations

WOLA Urges Archdiocese to Preserve its Human Rights Records
In light of yesterday’s abrupt closing of Tutela Legal, the legal aid office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, WOLA hopes that the Archdiocese will carefully protect Tutela’s archives and continue to make them available to human rights researchers and criminal investigators.

Colonel Montano of El Salvador Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Analysis & Commentary
Today’s decision by a Boston court sentenced Colonel Montano to 21 months in prison, and will likely impact whether Spanish authorities move ahead in the prosecution of nineteen Salvadoran military officers accused of having participated in the decision to murder six Jesuit priests in 1989.