All Content: crime & violence

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

Analysis & Commentary
In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

The Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

New WOLA and PBI Report
News
While recognizing the importance of the Mechanism and the valuable work its staff carries out, this report identifies several areas for improvement, drawing on a series of case studies to illustrate these weaknesses.

What’s in the Billion-Dollar Aid Request for Central America?

The proposed aid package would mostly benefit civilian institutions over "drug war" priorities. Here's how it breaks down:
Analysis & Commentary
On February 2 the State Department asked Congress for US$1 billion in new aid to Central America for 2016. While we await more details, the aid proposal seems to recognize the need to address the full range of root causes driving violence and lack of opportunity—and thus forced migration—in Central America's "Northern Triangle."

Explosion Negra: Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

Video
In this taped interview, renowned Colombian hip-hop group Explosión Negra (Black Explosion) share how, through music, they are contributing to the creation of a Colombia at peace.

WOLA/LAWG Statement on Meeting with Colombian National Protection Unit Director

Analysis & Commentary
Following their meeting with Colombia's National Protection Unit, WOLA and the Latin America Working Group issued the following statement on the challenges facing the state entity.

Calls for Justice Continue on 10th Anniversary of Soto Murder in El Salvador

News
This year marks 10th anniversary of the assassination of Gilberto Soto, a representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who was killed while visiting El Salvador. WOLA joins the Teamsters and human rights groups in decrying the lack of action by the Salvadoran government on the case.

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

Video
In this taped event on human rights in Colombia, leading human rights defenders share on-the-ground information on the Colombian conflict and identify ways the international community can support peace.

Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties

Publication
In a this report published jointly by WOLA and the Brookings Institution, John Walsh and Wells Bennett analyze the new legal, regulated marijuana markets in the context of existing international drug treaties.

Wave of Threats Hit Colombian Human Rights Defenders

Month dubbed "Black September" for spike in death threats
Analysis & Commentary
In what has been dubbed “Black September,” over 150 death threats have been issued in the month of September against Colombian human rights defenders, journalists, and labor leaders.

New Developments along Mexico’s Southern Border

Mexico’s Government Deploys Additional Forces and Requests Funds for Southern Border Program
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and Fundar provide an analysis of Mexico's stepped-up migration enforcement strategy at its southern border.

Mexico's New Southern Border Security Plan and New Police Force

An In-Depth Podcast with WOLA's Adam Isacson and Experts on the Ground
Publication
Over 3 days in August, Mexico's government announced a big new southern border security plan, and inaugurated a big new police force, the Gendarmería. Adam talks to six experts about both strategies and their likely effects.

Violence in Central America and Community-Based Responses

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

WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's Testimony Before the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Analysis & Commentary
What drives a child or teenager to leave his or her home community in San Salvador or San Pedro Sula, and risk everything to make the extremely dangerous journey north? For many of these children, it is knowing how terrifying and potentially life threatening not going could be.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

The Second Anniversary of Mexico's Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists

WOLA expresses concern about failure to fully implement the Protection Mechanism
News
In a letter sent to the Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, WOLA expresses concern regarding delays in the Protection Mechanism’s implementation.

WOLA Announces Recipients of Its 2014 Human Rights Awards

2014 Honorees Personify Leadership and Dedication to Human Rights in the Americas
News
It is with great pleasure that WOLA announces the recipients of its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2014. The occasion will honor two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: U.S. Congressman George Miller and Dra. Claudia Paz y Paz of Guatemala.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

Kaine Statement on the Murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana in Honduras

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement on the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana, marketing director for Radio Progreso in Honduras. He calls on Honduran police to take immediate steps to protect Mr. Mejia's colleagues at Radio Progreso and ERIC.

Statement by Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky on the Murder in Honduras of Carlos Mejia Orellana

Analysis & Commentary
Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky express their condolences to the family and friends of Carlos Mejia Orellana, the marketing director of Radio Progreso who was murdered last week in Honduras.