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WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

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WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organizations working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

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

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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

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In a new report from 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.

Report: Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot

New WOLA/Brookings report analyzes legal marijuana program in Washington state
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In this analysis of the legal and regulated marijuana program in Washington state, Philip Wallach finds that the state's most bold innovation is not the sale of marijuana, but rather its meticulous study of the historic experiment.

Reforms and Contradictions in Ecuador’s Drug Policy

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On August 11, 2014 a sweeping new penal code went into effect in Ecuador, which includes significant revisions to the country’s previous drug law. What do the changes mean, and how did they come about?

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

New report from WOLA and the Brookings Institution analyzes the implementation of marijuana regulation in Colorado
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The report finds that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive. This report details what has been successful, how Colorado has achieved an effective rollout, and what challenges remain.

Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

WOLA Experts Contribute to NACLA Summer 2014 Issue
Analysis & Commentary
In this summer issue of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), WOLA experts John Walsh and Coletta Youngers offer analysis on cannabis regulation and the turning point in the reform debate.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

Peru Sends Mixed Signals on Drug Policy

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What does the firing of Peru's top drug official mean for the Andean country's future policies? WOLA's Coletta Youngers explains in an article in the World Politics Review

New Study Evaluates State Responses to Drug Consumption in the Americas

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A new study by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) finds that drug users continue to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Wednesday, May 21: New Study to be Launched on State Responses to Drug Consumption in Latin America

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The study will combine new research from eight Latin American countries.

A Breath of Fresh Air on Drug Policy in the Americas

The Recent Debate at the CICAD
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WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers gives an overview of progress at the latest CICAD meeting, the region's main drug control body.

LIVESTREAM: Conversation with President Mujica of Uruguay

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Tune in live at 4 p.m. for a discussion with President Jose Mujica of Uruguay. The event is co-hosted by WOLA, the Embassy of Uruguay and American University.

Interview with Coletta Youngers: Breaking Down the Vienna Consensus on Drugs

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In this short video, attendees at a high-level United Nations drug policy meeting identify enduring problems in the organization's ruling conventions and practices.

Women, Drug Policy, and Incarceration in the Americas

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This roundtable, organized by the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the OAS, CIM/OAS, IDPC, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) explored the increased participation of women in all spheres of the illicit drugs market, as well as the gender dynamics of their involvement.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

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On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
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Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

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.