Highlights from our Partners

Since our founding in 1974, WOLA has worked with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad. Our collaboration with activists, academics, and organizations on the ground in Latin America informs our analysis and advocacy. This page provides a selection of the important work done by some of WOLA's partners in the region.

Brazil

Revista Brasileira de Segurança Pública

This semiannual publication from the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety provides a space for police, academics, and activists to expound upon current issues of public safety in Brazil.

Revista Sur: International Journal of Human Rights

Sur - International Journal on Human Rights is a biannual journal published in English, Portuguese and Spanish by Conectas Human Rights. The most recent edition details national-level compliance with regional and international human rights systems.

Central America

To help Central America, send smarter aid, not just more aid

In an op-ed in The Hill, Seattle International Foundation CEO Mauricio Vivero argues for smarter aid that would help improve basic government functions, encourage job creation, and increase security.

Calls For Justice Continue On 10th Anniversary Of Soto Murder

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Gilberto Soto, a representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who was killed while visiting El Salvador. WOLA and other organizations decry the Salvadoran government's cover up of the murder and urge the Attorney General to reopen the case.

The Yellow Book: Secret Archives of Salvadoran Military Intelligence Published

University of Washington Center for Human Rights
The University of Washington's Center for Human Rights, in collaboration with the National Security Archive and Human Rights Data Analysis Group, has published the Yellow Book, a 1987 document from the secret files of Salvadoran military intelligence.

Citizen Security

To help Central America, send smarter aid, not just more aid

In an op-ed in The Hill, Seattle International Foundation CEO Mauricio Vivero argues for smarter aid that would help improve basic government functions, encourage job creation, and increase security.

The Humanitarian "Cold War" Crisis at Our Doorstep

Mauricio Vivero, CEO of the Seattle International Foundation, argues that the U.S. needs to shift investment away from a militarized war on drugs and instead fund projects that would improve the lives of those living in Central America.

The Current Situation of Gangs in El Salvador

Jeannette Aguilar, Director of the University Public Opinion Institute of the Central American University,analyzes the gang truce in El Salvador.

Cuba

Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh
In a new book, William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh examine the secret history of U.S.-Cuba negotiations.

LCLAA Passes Resolution on Ending the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
At its annual convention, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement passed a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Dr. William LeoGrande on USAID's Foolish Programs in Cuba

Dr. William LeoGrande
In an op-ed in the Huffington Post, American University professor William LeoGrande examines the latest revelations about USAID's programs in Cuba.

Drug Policy

Defense and Justice: The Poor Benefit from the Favorability Principle

Ombudsman of Ecuador
In this edition of the magazine of the Ombudsman of Ecuador, Jorge Paladines explores recent reforms of Ecuador's criminal code.

How to Respond to Organized Crime and Leave Behind the "War on Drugs"

Wilson Center
What works, and what doesn't, when it comes to drug policy and violence reduction?

The Corporate Takeover of Marijuana

Join New America Foundation and the Washington Monthly for a discussion on the impacts of legalization and how we can avoid certain consequences through strong federal actions that allow states to legalize marijuana but cut large corporations out of the picture.

Mexico

One month after 43 Mexican students disappeared

More than 80 social organizations from various regions of the world condemned the enforced disappearance of 43 Mexican students in the context of that country’s “War on Drugs” and failed security policies, which only serve to spawn more violence and institutional corruption.

Death Threats, Then Red Tape: Exiled Mexican Journalists Face Red Tape and Doubt in U.S.

Marcela Turati
In an article in The New York Times, WOLA Human Rights Award Honoree Marcela Turati describes the violence journalists in Mexico face and their subsequent struggle to find safety in the U.S. after fleeing death threats at home.

Mexico's Human Rights Shipwreck

"These are logical consequences of the structural imbalance arising from something quite basic: those who govern rarely understand the drama of those who see their dignity beleaguered. It is a misunderstanding brought about by the ignorance of unjust, violent Mexico."

Regional Security Policy

Atlas Comparativo de la Defensa en América Latina y Caribe – Edición 2012

The Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL) presents the fifth edition of the Comparative Defense Atlas.

Montes de María: Entre la consolidación del territorio y el acaparamiento de tierras

The Latin American Institute for Alternative Society and Rights (ILSA) presents a report that evaluates the "Pilot Consolidation Plan" implemented by the Colombian government in Montes de Maria, Colombia.

Líderes empresariales hablan de la paz con las FARC

The Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP) explores business leaders' opinions and perceptions of the peace process in Colombia.

Rights & Development

Discrimination and Denationalization in the Dominican Republic

AFL-CIO
In September 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court determined that individuals who are unable to prove their parents’ regular migration status can be retroactively stripped of their Dominican citizenship.

Land, Peace, and Globalization: The Challenges of Building Peace in Colombia

Join George Mason University's Latin American Studies Program for a discussion of the land restitution process and how it is shaping the possibility for peace in Colombia.

Romper el Muro de la Impunidad (Breaking Down the Wall of Impunity)

N-Map and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) present a video about the implementation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). This video aims to garner the support of the judiciary to overturn the amnesty law in Uruguay.

South America

Land, Peace, and Globalization: The Challenges of Building Peace in Colombia

Join George Mason University's Latin American Studies Program for a discussion of the land restitution process and how it is shaping the possibility for peace in Colombia.

Statistics and graphs on sentencing in cases of grave human rights violations

The website "Human Rights Trials in Peru" shares statistics on sentencing in cases of grave human rights violations with graphs.

In Letter to Peruvian President Humala, Human Rights Watch Denounces Excessive Use of Force Against Protesters

Human Rights Watch
Following a delegation visit to Cajamarca, Peru, the site of multiple deadly confrontations between protesters and state forces, Human Rights Watch calls on President Ollanta Humala to investigate the violence and take measures to ensure compliance with domestic and international human rights laws.