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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 and Duke University Present the 2013 Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz

Reading and discussion of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
News
On Wednesday, March 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University will present the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz for his critically acclaimed novel, "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster."

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.

WOLA and Duke University Announce Human Rights Book Award Winner

"The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster" by Jonathan M. Katz
News
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University have named Jonathan M. Katz’s book "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster" as the winner of the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

Summit of the Americas: WOLA Resources

News
WOLA is pleased to provide these resources about the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

Summit of the Americas: Walking the Walk on Partnership

Analysis & Commentary
The presidents of the Americas (with some notable exceptions) will gather once again later this month. President Obama will likely again focus on partnership, engagement, and co-responsibility. These are the right ideas, and they can revolutionize our relationship with the hemisphere.

WOLA: Promoting Human Rights, Democracy, and Social Justice

Video
As the year winds to a close, we hope you will enjoy this video about how WOLA works with partners in the region to advance human rights in Latin America. If you have not done so, we hope you will consider making a donation to WOLA to support our continued efforts. Your support makes a difference.

OAS General Assembly to Emphasize Citizen Security Amidst Mounting Crime and Violence

WOLA will be in attendance in San Salvador
News
The upcoming OAS General Assembly, has as its theme “Citizen Security in the Americas,” a key issue given the alarming levels of violence in the region.

The week: Elections in Haiti, Colombia's luxury military prison, Mexico's army and public security

Publication
Adam looks at the preliminary result of Haiti's election, revelations of plush conditions for Colombian military human rights abusers, and a UN human rights body's recommendation that Mexico take the armed forces out of internal security.

A First Look at the 2012 U.S. Foreign Aid Request

The foreign aid budget—which accounts for most aid to the region—is being cut deeply.
Analysis & Commentary
As the Obama administration seeks to close the huge U.S. deficit without raising taxes, cutting defense or reducing entitlements, programs like foreign assistance are likely to suffer.

Recommendations for Sustainable Reconstruction of Haiti

Haiti Reconstruction Six Months after the Earthquake
Publication
Six months after the devastating earthquake, Haiti's reconstruction has been painfully and detrimentally slow.

Waiting for Change

Publication
Waiting for Change documents the complexities and disappointments of the Obama Administration’s relations with Latin America in its first year. The report identifies an underlying trend toward greater militarization of U.S. foreign policy which spans Democratic and Republican administrations alike.

WOLA Supports Move to Bring Haitian Voices on Reconstruction to Policy-Makers

Publication
Read a compilation of documents from Haitian civil society and diaspora organizations, conferences and coalitions putting forth their thoughts and recommendations for Haiti’s reconstruction.

Letter to Congress in Support of Emergency Supplemental Aid to Haiti

Publication
WOLA and 37 other NGOs sent a letter urging Congress to support a supplemental appropriations request for the reconstruction of Haiti.

Emergency Supplemental for Haiti

Publication
WOLA and twelve other NGOs sent a letter to the Obama administration encouraging it to support a decade-long commitment to Haiti and disburse funds over at least two years in support of a Haiti Reconstruction and Transformation development plan.

Forging New Ties

A Fresh Approach to U.S. Policy in Latin America
Publication
WOLA's plan for an overhaul of U.S.-Latin America relations gives the next administration important recommendations on how the United States can rebuild its standing in Latin America by putting relations on a new footing based on engagement, respect, and collective action on common challenges.

Congressional Briefing Testimony, Haiti Delegation Findings

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An analysis of US assistance to Haiti submitted for the Congressional record by WOLA and TransAfrica Forum, following an April 2006 delegation to Haiti.