Past Events

The Search for the Disappeared in Mexico: Families of the Disappeared Speak Out

Please join WOLA and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) to hear firsthand from family members leading the search for their disappeared loved ones in Mexico.

Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: A Discussion of the Policy Debate that Led to Plan Colombia

Join us in for a conversation with Professor Winifred Tate as she examines the U.S. policymaking process in the design, implementation, and assessment of the Plan Colombia aid package in her newly released book "Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats."

Venezuela's High-Stakes Legislative Elections: The December 6 Vote and What Comes Next

Join us at Brookings as we discuss the implications of Venezuela's upcoming elections.

Human Rights Prosecutions and El Salvador’s Justice System

Join us for a briefing on the status of long-standing human rights cases in El Salvador and the capacity of the country's criminal justice system to respond.

U.S. - Cuba Relations after “Normalization”

Join us for a panel discussion featuring WOLA Senior Associate Marc Hanson, U.S. members of Congress working to advance U.S.-Cuba relations, and other policy experts.

Transitional Justice in Colombia in the Context of the Peace Negotiations

Please join the WOLA and Lawyers Without Border for a discussion on transitional justice in Colombia in the context of the recent agreement reached in Havana.

IACHR Reception: Honoring Latin American Human Rights Defenders

WOLA cordially invites you to a reception in honor of Latin American human rights defenders who are visiting Washington, D.C. for the hearings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights in the Americas

Draconian drug policies have harmed communities throughout the region.

Investigating the Disappearance of the 43 Students in Mexico

Please join us for a briefing on the current status of the investigation and the work of the international experts appointed to investigate the case

WOLA celebrates The Washington Ballet in its Latin-themed Week at the Kennedy Center

Come celebrate Latin culture with live music and dance at Latin Heat, a week-long international festival by The Washington Ballet.

Creating New Opportunities for Central American Youth

Join WOLA in a conversation with Father Francisco “Paco” Iznardo and William Reese on promising programs that connect youth with employment and more hopeful futures despite a reality of widespread violence, lack of quality education, job training, and entry-level jobs.

Historical Memory and Transitional Justice in Colombia

Colombia’s government and the FARC achieved their recent breakthrough in peace negotiations by setting down basic principles on the rights of victims to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-repetition. Please join us for the next Colombia Peace Forum to analyze the role of historical memory in these transitional justice issues.

Screening of 'Alias María:' Join WOLA at the Latin American Film Festival

WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli will introduce the film 'Alias María' at the American Film Institute's Latin American Film Festival.

Screening of 'NN:' Join WOLA at the Latin American Film Festival

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt will introduce NN, a film about political violence in Peru, at the American Film Institute's Latin American Film Festival.

Accountability For The CIA Torture Program: Ensuring Truth, Justice And Reparations For Victims

What lessons could the United States learn from the Latin American experience in the search for truth and justice and ensuring non-repetition of torture and enforced disappearances?