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

News
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

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 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.

International Organizations Call for Respect for the Rule of Law in Guatemala

They Also Urge Transparency in the Nominating Commission Process
News

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
News
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.

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.

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.

Impeding or Furthering Justice in Guatemala

Publication
WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt discusses the long-term impacts of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to reconsider Ríos-Montt's right to protection.

Militaries as Police

A conversation with Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy
Publication
Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Judicial Stalemate in Guatemala

WOLA's Jo-Marie Burt on the Rios Montt trial
Publication
Adam talks to WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt, who has just co-authored a new report on the March-May 2013 genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt. The case is currently stuck, she says, and there has been a backlash.

Violent Break-in at the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

News
WOLA condemns the violent break-ins of the offices of the Central American Institute for Social Democracy Studies (Demos) and the private office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue.

Latin American Leaders Chart Course for Drug Policy Debate

Analysis & Commentary
This year's OAS General Assembly marked a milestone in the drug policy debate. It was the first time member states came together for the sole purpose of addressing drug policy and charted a path forward to continue the discussion.

Drug Policy and Human Rights Groups Unite in Support of Drug Policy Reform at the OAS

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers examines the role of civil society in this year's OAS General Assembly.

The Guatemala Genocide Case: Using the Legal System to Defeat Justice

With Ríos Montt Trial Partially Annulled, Justice and Rule of Law Hang in the Balance
Analysis & Commentary
Ríos Montt’s defense lawyers seem to have achieved—at least temporarily—their chief objective: to use the legal system to defeat justice. Will key actors within state and civil society be able to turn this around so that substantive justice can prevail?

Drug Policy Reform to Take Center Stage in OAS Meeting

News
Top diplomats from throughout the region will be in Guatemala this week for the OAS General Assembly, which is slated to discuss drug policy and alternatives to the current paradigm.

Government Investment in Family Agriculture

New Opportunities in Mexico and Central America
Publication
A new WOLA publication reviews the resurgence of family agriculture in political discourse, focusing on Mexico and Central America, where persistent poverty and underdevelopment in the rural sector has helped drive immigration to the United States in recent decades.

Human Rights Accountability in Guatemala

Video
On May 21, 2013, WOLA and various partner organizations sponsored a two-panel event that examined the prosecution of Guatemalan human rights cases in both the Inter-American System and Guatemala's national court.