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.


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.


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

Duke's Rubenstein Library Acquires Radio Haiti Archives

Duke University
The Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library and the estate of broadcaster Jean Dominique have announced a partnership to preserve the broadcast archives of the journalist’s iconic Radio Haiti station.

Twenty-second Anniversary of the Peace Agreement in El Salvador

William M. LeoGrande, Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University
On January 29, 2014, Professor LeoGrande gives a speech at the Embassy of El Salvador in the United States to commemorate the twenty-second anniversary of the signing of the Chupultepec peace accords that ended the civil war in El Salvador.

“Shutdown of Salvadoran human rights office disturbing in light of war atrocities”

Aryeh Neier
In an article published in the National Catholic Reporter, Aryeh Neier (President Emeritus of Open Society Foundations and former Executive Director of Human Rights Watch) recounts the story behind the creation of Tutela Legal of El Salvador.

Citizen Security

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.

Un concejal para llegar al Cártel de Texis

El Faro's new investigative piece on the Texis Cartel and its infiltration of the municipal government of Metapán, El Salvador

Sur - International Journal on Human Rights

Volume 16 of Sur - International Journal on Human Rights features articles focusing on topics related to citizen security and human rights.


The Prospects for Improving U.S.-Cuban Relations

Dr. William LeoGrande
Dr. William LeoGrande argues that the time is right for the United States to modify its relationship with Cuba.

Op-ed by Cuban and U.S. religious leaders

Church World Service and Cuban Council of Churches
In an op-ed in The Hill, Rev. John McCullough of Church World Service and Rev. Joel Dopico of the Cuban Council of Churches call on the U.S. and Cuban governments to dialogue with one another.

Short Films on U.S.-Cuba Policy by CDA

These videos are produced by the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) and examine the failure of U.S. policy in Cuba.

Drug Policy

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.

It's All in the Implementation

Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution discusses the challenges and implications of creating legal, regulated markets for cannabis.

Global Drug Policy Observatory Project at Swansea University

Engaging in a range of ‘impact’ oriented activities, the recently established Observatory operates with the goal of promoting evidence and human rights based drug policy through the comprehensive and rigorous reporting, monitoring and analysis of policy developments at national and international levels.


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."

Victims’ Family Members and Mexican NGO Appeal the CNDH’s Ruling on the San Fernando Massacre

The petition highlights that the CNDH made several omissions in its investigation, chief among those omissions the CNDH did not clarify whether or not there was involvement of state actors.

Stories of Central American Migration through Mexico

Red de Documentación de las Organizaciones defensoras de Migrantes
This documentation and analysis is particularly important and relevant given that the phenomenon of abuses against migrants is so prevalent.

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

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.