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Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
News
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.

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.

The Study of Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

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On May 14, WOLA and AU hosted a panel discussion on conceptual and methodological advances in research addressing pressing urban issues in Latin America.

Strengthening Multilateral Defense of Human Rights in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
At this year's Summit of the Americas, member countries should work for a resolution to the political crisis in Venezuela alongside an end to U.S. sanctions on the country.

A Historic Summit of the Americas

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

Executive Order on Venezuela: WOLA's Response

David Smilde offers his take on the new sanctions against Venezuelan officials
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WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde responds to the March 9 Executive Order implementing and expanding targeted U.S. sanctions on seven Venezuelan individuals.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

WOLA joins 32 regional organizations in highlighting recommendations for the upcoming visit by UNASUR ministers
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In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

Letter from 33 regional organizations outlines recommendations for UNASUR mission and work plan
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins with 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

Chavismo Under Pressure: Economic Crisis and Political Challenges in Venezuela

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On February 25, WOLA hosted an assessment of Venezuela's political and economic forecast featuring two leading experts on the country: WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde and Michael McCarthy of the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS).

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde argues that Venezuela's judicial system has become increasingly politicized, reflecting a society in which “rule by law” is taking precedence over “rule of law.”

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 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.

"Sanctions, Again...": Luis Vicente Leon Discusses Public Sentiment Toward Sanctions on Venezuela

Analysis & Commentary
On Sunday, July 13, leading Venezuelan pollster, Luis Vicente Leon, used his weekly column in El Universal to discuss his recent presentation at WOLA, including data from a new survey in Venezuela. To read his article, please click here.

Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

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In this taped event, leading Venezuela analysts examine the impacts of proposed U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The panelists argue that sanctions will reduce the chances for dialogue and a resolution to existing tensions.

Members of Congress Encourage Dialogue with Venezuela

Analysis & Commentary
On May 27, 2014, 14 Members of Congress signed a letter saying they oppose sanctions against Venezuela and encourage dialogue with the country.

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.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.