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WOLA Expert Tells Congressional Panel: Central American Children Risk Becoming Victims Again

Focus on Community-Level Violence Key to Easing Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
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On July 29, at a hearing of the Congressional Progressive Caucus that featured testimony from unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Citizen Security, Adriana Beltrán, discussed the humanitarian situation at the border.

Over 40 Organizations Call on Congress to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Groups Urge Emergency Aid and Attention to the Underlying Causes of Violence
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Today, leading human rights, development, and faith-based organizations released an open letter to Members of Congress calling on legislators to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border.

WOLA's Adam Isacson Discusses National Guard Deployment on WSJ Live

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy the National Guard to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border as the federal government struggles to handle an influx of Central American immigrants. In a video interview with WSJ Live, WOLA's Adam Isacson weighs in on why this is a bad idea.

Will More Funds for Border Security Address the Crisis of Central American Children at the Border?

Spending even more on border security, or sending the National Guard, will not resolve the unaccompanied minors crisis
Analysis & Commentary
There are already enough Border Patrol resources at the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress does not need to add more: Customs and Border Protection needs to distribute them to respond to the current situation. We *absolutely* do not need to take the drastic step of a new National Guard deployment.

What the U.S. Government Can Do in Response to the Increase in Migration from Central America

Smart responses to increased migration from Central America
Analysis & Commentary
In a series of recommendations, WOLA, LAWG, the Women's Refugee Commission, JRS, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, and the U.S. Jesuit Conference outline intelligent ways in which the U.S. government could respond to the increase in migration from Central America.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

WOLA Experts Contribute to NACLA Summer 2014 Issue
Analysis & Commentary
In this summer issue of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), WOLA experts John Walsh and Coletta Youngers offer analysis on cannabis regulation and the turning point in the reform debate.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

WOLA Announces Recipients of Its 2014 Human Rights Awards

2014 Honorees Personify Leadership and Dedication to Human Rights in the Americas
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It is with great pleasure that WOLA announces the recipients of its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2014. The occasion will honor two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: U.S. Congressman George Miller and Dra. Claudia Paz y Paz of Guatemala.

The Plight of Migrant Children at the Border Highlights Need to Invest in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale discusses the "push" factors that are driving an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American youth to migrate to the U.S., and what can be done to mitigate these factors.

An Interactive Look at the Mexico-Guatemala Border Zone

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In February 2014, WOLA researchers spent 12 days at Mexico’s border with Guatemala to learn about why the U.S. and Mexican governments want to beef up security in this zone. Click here to see an interactive presentation of their findings.

New WOLA report on Mexico's Southern Border

Mexico's Other Border: Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
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In February 2014, WOLA investigators paid a 12-day visit to several points along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Their new report examines border security conditions, migration trends, and the push factors that force Central American migrants to abandon their countries of origin.

New WOLA report: Mexico's Other Border

Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
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WOLA associates Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer examine migration patterns, human trafficking and smuggling, security, and U.S. and Mexican policy at Mexico's southern border.

The Crisis of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Why are so many Central American adults and children suddenly trying to migrate? WOLA staff recall that the humanitarian crisis starts far south of the U.S. border.
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Since October, authorities have captured more than 46,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from Central America, on the U.S. side of the border. Adam talks with WOLA's Geoff Thale, Maureen Meyer, and Marc Hanson about causes and implications.

Executive Summary: Mexico's Other Border

New WOLA Report on Security and the Crisis in Central American Migration Between Mexico and Guatemala
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's new report not only explains what Mexico’s “other border” looks like, it shows very clearly that the real humanitarian emergency is not just in shelters and detention facilities in south Texas—it runs along the entire migration route to the United States.

Three Myths about Central American Migration to the United States

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and the Jesuit Conference created a joint fact sheet that separates myth from reality in a confusing situation on the border.

International Organizations Condemn the Decision to Suspend Judge Yassmin Barrios in Guatemala

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Last Friday, the Honor Tribunal of the Association of Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala ruled to temporarily suspend Judge Yassmín Barrios from practicing law for one year. Judge Barrios presides over the High Risk Tribunal A, where she oversaw the trials against retired generals José Mauricio Rodríguez and José Efraín Ríos Montt.

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

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