All Content: Guatemala

A Future at Home: Investing in Youth Opportunity in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
Today, WOLA is releasing a report that focuses on the lack of opportunity for youth in the Northern Triangle of Central America. As the U.S. begins discussions on its FY2017 budget, the report sheds light on what needs to be done to provide opportunities for youth.

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.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
Analysis & Commentary
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.

Ghosts of Past Violence Haunt Guatemala’s New President

Analysis & Commentary
As Jimmy Morales assumes the presidency in Guatemala, the recent arrest of 18 high-ranking retired military officers for war crimes highlights the need to continue tackling corruption and impunity in the country and region.

U.S. Increases Central America Aid, But It’s No Blank Check

Analysis & Commentary
New conditions on U.S. aid to Central America show that the fight against corruption, the protection of human rights, and the strengthening of public institutions are high on Congress' agenda. Now it is up to the governments of Central America to demonstrate a similar commitment.

Obama’s Billion Dollar Aid Request to Central America: How has it changed?

Analysis & Commentary
The latest bills from Congress cut back on President Obama’s aid request while increasing military assistance. Here is an update of current funding proposals for Central America.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

Analysis & Commentary
After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.

Guatemala’s Elections Highlight Need for Accountability, Anti-Corruption Reforms

Analysis & Commentary
When tens of thousands of people took to the streets earlier this year, the message was unmistakable: Guatemalans are sick of corruption and the lack of accountability for those in power, and ready for a change from politics as usual.

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.

Creating New Opportunities for Central American Youth

Video
Join WOLA in a conversation with Father Francisco “Paco” Iznardo and William Reese on promising programs that connect youth with employment and more hopeful futures despite a reality of widespread violence, lack of quality education, job training, and entry-level jobs.

Using Militaries as Police in Latin America: A Discussion on Citizen Security and the Way Forward

Video
Why have governments in Central America turned to their troops to provide domestic security? A WOLA-Center for International Policy (CIP) forum assesses how this trend affects populations, overall security, and civil-military relations.

Why Guatemalans Rose Up Against Government Corruption

Video
In an interview on PBS NewsHour, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán explains why Guatemalans have risen up by the thousands to demand an end to government corruption.

Guatemala’s President Resigns: Press Conference Call at 12:30pm Today

News
Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for a press conference call on the implications of the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina for both Guatemala and the region as a whole.

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.

Statement by U.S. Representative Jim McGovern Supporting an End to Corruption in Guatemala

News
Rep. McGovern comments on the recent corruption scandals in Guatemala, applauds the work of the CICIG, and urges the Obama Administration to support Guatemalan civil society efforts to hold their own government accountable.

Central America’s Child Exodus: One Year Later the Humanitarian Crisis is Far From Over

Analysis & Commentary
In an op-ed first published in The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson, the two urge Congress to address the causes of mass migration from Central America at their source.

Is the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border Still Ongoing?

Massive Migration Will Continue Until Root Causes Are Addressed
Analysis & Commentary
In the July 1 issue of the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, WOLA Senior Associate for Citizen Security Adriana Beltrán asked if the humanitarian crisis that began along the border in 2014 had ended. According to her, however, it is still raging.