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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.

WOLA and Duke University Present the 2013 Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz

Reading and discussion of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
News
On Wednesday, March 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University will present the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz for his critically acclaimed novel, "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster."

WOLA Blog: "Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights"

A unique resource for journalists, policymakers, scholars, activists, and others interested in understanding Venezuelan politics and human rights.
Analysis & Commentary
The contributors to the blog, including WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde, provide insights on Venezuela’s politics that go beyond the polarized pro-Chávez/anti-Chávez debate as developments unfold.

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.

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.

Court’s Ruling on Operation Genesis a Leap Forward for Justice for Afro-Colombian Victims

Analysis & Commentary
In a major decision, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ruled that Colombia was responsible for not preventing the 1997 displacement of thousands of Afro-Colombians.

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.

WOLA and Duke University Announce Human Rights Book Award Winner

"The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster" by Jonathan M. Katz
News
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University have named Jonathan M. Katz’s book "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster" as the winner of the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

Impeding or Furthering Justice in Guatemala

Publication
WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt discusses the long-term impacts of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to reconsider Ríos-Montt's right to protection.

The Search for an Inclusive Peace: Incorporating the Voices of Afro-Colombian Victims in Colombia’s Peace Process

Video
In this event, two noted Afro-Colombian leaders share their perspectives on the conflict and chart how Colombia can include some of its most marginalized voices in the talks.

NGOs Deplore Violence Against Colombian Protesters

U.S., Colombian Authorities Must take Action After Four are Killed in Catatumbo, Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. organizations express concern over the violent response of the Colombian armed forces to peasant protests in Catatumbo. Four civilians have been killed, allegedly at the hands of public security forces.

U.S. Organizations Call for an End to Threats, Attacks, and Murders of Afro-Colombians

Analysis & Commentary
In this statement, US human rights, labor, and faith-based organizations call for an end to the violence against Afro-Colombians.

Interview with Marino Cordoba of AFRODES

Video
Afro-Colombian leader Marino Cordoba talks to WOLA's Adam Isacson about AFRODES's struggles, its efforts to get the Colombian government to hear their demands for justice, and the urgent need to protect AFRODES leaders from threats to their security.

Unsafe Deportation Practices that put Migrants at Risk

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associates Maureen Meyer and Adam Isacson address some of the unsafe U.S. deportation practices that separate families and leave migrants stranded at night in unfamiliar and increasingly dangerous Mexican border cities.

The Alarming Rise of Migrant Deaths on U.S. Soil—And What to Do About It

Analysis & Commentary
Immigration reform legislation currently before the U.S. Senate (S. 744) includes billions of dollars in new funding for border security. It makes no mention, however, of steps to prevent needless deaths of migrants on U.S. soil, or to help cash-strapped counties identify the dead.

Defending Defenders: A Discussion with Mexican Human Rights Defenders

Video
WOLA, LAWG, and PBI present an evening at Busboys and Poets with Mexican human rights defenders.

An Ongoing Search for Justice and Security in Colombia’s Afrodescendent Communities

Video
In this taped event, local, national, and international leaders share their experiences in the fight for justice and security for Afro-Colombian communities.

Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development

Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement
Publication
WOLA is pleased to announce the publication of the new report, “Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development: Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement,” which highlights two Brazilian policies that support small farmers.

Continued Labor Violations, Empty Promises

Video
On February 12, WOLA hosted Colombian Senator Alexander López Maya and a panel of union leaders as they explored continued obstacles facing Colombia's workers and recommendations for progress. This event was in Spanish.

Peace Talks: An Opportunity to Fill Colombia's Deficit to Afro-Colombian Women

Analysis & Commentary
As the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) embark on historic peace talks in Havana, Cuba, an end to hostilities is not the only desirable outcome. The negotiations offer an opportunity to address Colombia's legacy of exclusion of women--especially Afro-Colombian women--from politics and society.