Upcoming Events


Peace in Sight: The State of Colombia's Peace Talks

Colombia appears to be nearing an end to its bitter internal armed conflict. After 50 years and a death toll approaching a quarter million, Colombia has its best chance in decades of securing peace. Join us for a discussion on the current developments and post-conflict challenges Colombia will face.

Past Events

Oil Palm Expansion and Land Accumulation in Mapiripán, Meta Colombia

During the last two decades, Justicia y Paz has engaged in research, advocacy, and legal casework, regarding oil palm expansion and related forced displacement, environmental damage, and human rights violations in Colombia.

How to Take a Country Back from Crime

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) as a Model International Instrument for Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Dismantling Corruption and Organized Crime

The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Women in the Americas: Opportunities for Sentencing Reform

Throughout the hemisphere, women are being incarcerated at record levels for non-violent drug offenses. What can be done?

Security, Transparency, and Accountability in El Salvador and Honduras

Join WOLA, the Wilson Center, and guests from Honduras and El Salvador for a discussion on challenges to security, transparency, and accountability in the Northern Triangle.

Forced to Flee: Addressing Unaccompanied Child Migration (WOLA in New York)

Please join us at Atlantic Philanthropies for drinks and a discussion on effective solutions to stop child migration.

Youth Violence and Resilience in Honduras and Northeast Africa

Join WOLA, the Education Development Center, the Wilson Center, USAID, and GWU as they discuss youth violence and resilience in Honduras and Northeast Kenya.

A Discussion on LGBT Rights in Latin America

Join WOLA, The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, and Human Rights First for a breakfast discussion featuring leading LGBT activist in the region.

The Human Rights Situation of Afro-Descendants in Latin America

Afro-descendants make up approximately 200 million people in the Americas. Despite efforts to improve their socio-economic condition, they still face numerous challenges. Join us for a discussion with leaders of the Afro-descendant movement from the region

The Lives and Reality of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico

Human rights defenders in Mexico endure a range of threats due to their work, including physical attacks, death threats, and slander campaigns.

La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico

Join us for the Washington, D.C. launch of the nonfiction graphic novel 'La Lucha'

Opening the Peace Process to Afro-Colombian Stakeholders

Colombia's peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders. One important group excluded so far, the Afro-Colombian population, is working to have its needs and proposals heard at the peace table.

Violent Responses to Crime in Central America

On May 20, WOLA and the Florida International University will host a panel discussion on security challenges in Central America and the dangers of pursuing repressive policies to confront crime and violence.

Conceptual and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

WOLA and American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies will be holding a panel discussion on conceptual and methodological advances in research addressing pressing urban issues in Latin America.

Will Afro-Colombians Gain Better Representation in Post-Conflict Colombia?

Join WOLA for a discussion of the political challenges faced by Afro-Colombians as their country's 50-year armed conflict winds down.

Protecting Colombian Workers: Assessment of Colombia’s Labor Action Plan in the Wake of its Fourth Anniversary

Join WOLA and the AFL-CIO as panelists discuss the shortfalls of Colombia's Labor Action Plan and the often deadly challenges labor leaders face in the country.