Upcoming Events


Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots: Chocó and Buenaventura

Although peace talks are promising, conflict continues along Colombia's Pacific coast. Hear from human rights defenders on the ground

Human Rights in Mexico’s Criminal Justice System

Join us for a panel discussion with representatives of Mexico's Citizen Observatory of the Justice System to examine Mexico’s justice reforms from a human rights perspective.

Past Events

International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

What do the new legal, regulated marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington mean for the international community?

Guatemala and Its Search for the Disappeared

On Wednesday, October 1, Fredy Peccerelli, Director of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation will be discussing the multidisciplinary strategies that FAFG uses to carry out forensic investigations of the disappeared in Guatemala and how that information is used in seeking justice for these human rights abuses.

Addressing Economic Marginalization of Ethnic Minorities as Colombia Transitions from Conflict to Peace

Aid programs are working in Colombia; how can they be leveraged to support an eventual peace accord?

A Conversation with Grammy-winning Singer-Songwriter Carlos Vives on Social Inclusion in Colombia

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: The acclaimed Colombian singer-songwriter will present on his efforts to promote social inclusion.

Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

What can Colombian hip-hop contribute to the country's struggle for peace and social inclusion?

Violence in Central America and Community-Based Responses

In this event, José Miguel Cruz, Louis-Alexandre Berg, and WOLA's Adriana Beltran will discuss gang violence in Central America and the role of the international donors, governments, and civil society in reducing violence and insecurity in Central America.

Colombia Peace Forum: Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict

In this panel event, victims of Colombia's conflict will share their proposals for a lasting peace.

Why are Thousands of Central American Children Risking their Lives to Reach the United States?

Join WOLA and the Wilson Center for a discussion with Carlos Hernández and Omar Rivera on what the new Honduran government is doing to respond to its country’s security crisis and the underlying factors contributing to the increased migration to the United States.

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

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the possible impacts of targeted U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials

Transitional Justice in Colombia: What Lessons Can Be Learned from Other Countries?

Latin America has been at the vanguard of transitional justice; what lessons can be learned as Colombia explores the complex issues of peace, justice, and truth?

Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Understanding the Surge of Unaccompanied Minors

WOLA's Program Director Geoff Thale will discuss the "push factors" behind the surge of unaccompanied minors in a congressional briefing organized by Rep. Hank Johnson's office.

Human Rights in Transit: Confronting the Humanitarian Crisis of Central American Migration through Mexico

Please join WOLA, LAWGEF, and JRS at Busboys and Poets for music and conversation.

Perilous Journey: The Growing Humanitarian Crisis for Migrants in Transit in Mexico

Join WOLA, LAWGEF, and JRS for a brownbag discussion with two migrant rights defenders.

WOLA Reception at LASA 2014 in Chicago

Please join WOLA staff at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago for a reception.

Humanitarian Concerns and Hope for Peace in Colombia: Discussion with Jordi Raich of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Join us for a discussion with the Head of the ICRC Delegation in Colombia.