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Extending the CICIG: A Blow to Impunity in Guatemala

News
The extension of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is an excellent opportunity for Guatemala to continue the fight against organized crime and strengthen the rule of law.

A Historic Summit of the Americas

Cuba Participation and New Prospects for U.S. Engagement with the Region
News
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.

New WOLA report on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The legacy of the CICIG: accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned
News
The CICIG has strengthened the Guatemalan justice system and taken apart criminal networks deeply entrenched in state institutions, but it faces notable obstacles in the fight against impunity moving forward.

WOLA report on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The legacy of the CICIG: accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned
Publication
The CICIG has strengthened the Guatemalan justice system and taken apart criminal networks deeply entrenched in state institutions, but it faces notable obstacles in the fight against impunity moving forward.

WOLA Statement on Vice President Joe Biden's Central America Visit

Finding Partners in the Fight Against Corruption and Organized Crime
Analysis & Commentary
Biden’s visit to Guatemala comes at a time when the country is debating the future of one of the most important mechanisms fighting corruption and organized crime there, and its renewal would demonstrate a strong commitment to ending impunity.

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

WOLA Monitoring the Administration's Central America Aid Request

Smart Investment Means Effectively Targeting Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following the Obama administration's historic billion-dollar aid request to Central America for FY2016, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

Analysis & Commentary
In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

What’s in the Billion-Dollar Aid Request for Central America?

The proposed aid package would mostly benefit civilian institutions over "drug war" priorities. Here's how it breaks down:
Analysis & Commentary
On February 2 the State Department asked Congress for US$1 billion in new aid to Central America for 2016. While we await more details, the aid proposal seems to recognize the need to address the full range of root causes driving violence and lack of opportunity—and thus forced migration—in Central America's "Northern Triangle."

Obama's $1 Billion Central America Request: Great News, Now to Invest Wisely

Smart Investments Must Effectively Target Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
President Barack Obama's FY2016 budget request is a giant step in the right direction, but tackling insecurity, poor governance, and lack of economic opportunities requires being smart about directing aid to countries or agencies that have demonstrated the political will to fight corruption and impunity.

Obama Administration’s Budget Request for Central America a Welcome Step

Smart Investments Must Target Corruption, Endemic Violence, and Poverty
News
On Monday, the Obama Administration will release its FY2016 budget request, including a $1 billion fund for Central America, aimed at assisting the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in addressing the root causes of migration from the region.

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 to Observe Second Genocide Trial in Guatemala

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was in Guatemala on January 5, 2015, to observe the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt.
News
On January 5, 2015, Guatemala began new proceedings in the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, and WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was there to observe the proceedings and monitor subsequent developments.

WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Video
WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organization working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

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.

GAO Report: Enforcement of FTA Labor Provisions Remains a Serious Problem

U.S. Government Agencies Should Act Quickly to Ensure That Legislative and Institutional Changes Lead to Labor Rights Protections on the Ground
Analysis & Commentary
The report recognizes that governments in the region have taken important steps to deal with labor commitments. But it concludes that more monitoring and more vigorous enforcement are required.

WOLA Statement on President Obama's Action on Immigration

News
President Obama has taken important steps to provide relief to millions of families who have been living and working in this country but who have lived in constant fear of unjust detention and deportation. The President’s actions will offer millions of people a chance to live with dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.

WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Awards

Video
On November 12, WOLA honored Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, and Congressman George Miller with its 2014 Human Rights Award. Click here to watch video of their acceptance speeches.