All Content: crime & violence

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
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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

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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
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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
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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.

WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso employee in Honduras

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WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso Marketing Manager, Carlos Mejía Orellana, that occurred on Friday, April 11, and urges the Honduran authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and to punish those responsible.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
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Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

Venezuela: Discussing the Protest Movement and Memorializing Chavez

Latin Pulse interview with David Smilde
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's David Smilde speaks to Rick Rockwell of Latin Pulse, explaining the current protests in Venezuela.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

Jim DeMint’s Fear-Mongering About El Salvador

WOLA responds to the Heritage Foundation's scare tactics
Analysis & Commentary
DeMint and the Heritage Foundation substitute mud-slinging for serious analysis of El Salvador's upcoming presidential elections.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
Analysis & Commentary
Something sinister is happening in the Mexican state of Veracruz. This week, another journalist was murdered there, the tenth killed in Veracruz since current governor Javier Duarte took office in December 2010. Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Conference: Perspectives on Colombia’s Peace Process and Opportunities for U.S. Engagement

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In this event, Colombian and U.S. analysts, human rights defenders, and policymakers came together to discuss the status of the peace process and the role of the United States after an eventual agreement.

U.S. Policy in Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

Analysis & Commentary
Washington's pursuit of trade with Colombia — encapsulated by the recent U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement — is abetting human rights abuses and marginalizing Colombian activists.

Obama-Santos Meeting Should Highlight Human, Labor Rights Issues in Colombia

Human Rights Groups Call on White House to Pressure Colombian President on Continued Rights Violations, Express Support for Peace
Analysis & Commentary
On December 3, 2013, President Obama will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Obama should emphasize U.S. support for the peace process and press for more progress on human rights.