All Content: Humanitarian Issues

International Community Must Guarantee Rights of Dominico-Haitian Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Following ruling 168-13 of the the Domican Republic's Constitutional Court, Dominico-Haitian defenders have been under attack. The deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have further created an environment that requires international community to guarantee protection of human rights.

Assessing the Alarming Impact of Mexico’s Southern Border Program

The number of Central American children and families arriving at the United States border in an attempt to escape violence in their home countries has fallen significantly compared to last year’s peak, but at what cost?

Border Statistics Update: Mexico’s Increased Enforcement Matches U.S. Border Efforts

Mexico is ramping up its migration crackdown, and unaccompanied minor deportations from the country are now on par with unaccompanied minor apprehensions in the United States.

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Even if Glyphosate Were Safe, Fumigation in Colombia Would Be a Bad Policy. Here's Why.

Analysis & Commentary
On April 27, Colombia's Health Ministry called on the government to end aerial spraying of coca crops over concerns that it could cause cancer. But even if it was safe, spraying is an absolutely ineffective policy.

New Figures Show Sharp Increase in Deportations from Mexico

Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

Mexico’s Southern Border Plan: More Deportations and Widespread Human Rights Violations

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico’s Southern Border Plan was announced in July 2014 and has coincided with a sharp increase in deportations from Mexico.

On the Front Lines: Border Security, Migration, and Humanitarian Concerns in South Texas

New WOLA Report on the South Texas Border
The report explores the shift in migration to Texas's Rio Grande Valley and its implications for migrants and border security officials. WOLA offers recommendations for authorities to respond more effectively to the reality on the ground.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

WOLA to Observe Second Genocide Trial in Guatemala

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was in Guatemala on January 5, 2015, to observe the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt.
On January 5, 2015, Guatemala began new proceedings in the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, and WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was there to observe the proceedings and monitor subsequent developments.

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.

WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

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

WOLA Guantanamo Fact Sheet

Analysis & Commentary
On December 7, 2014, six detainees were transferred from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo to Uruguay. The detainees had been cleared for transfer by the special Guantanamo Periodic Review Board, which determined that their release would not represent a security threat.

Uruguay Receives Six Guantanamo Detainees

WOLA: Uruguay is a Leader for International Human Rights; Obama Administration can only begin closing Guantanamo with the help of other countries
Today, Uruguay received six Guantanamo detainees who the United States previously cleared for transfer. The move is significant step in the decade-long effort to close the prison at Guantanamo.

Explosion Negra: Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

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.

Murder of Indigenous Leaders by FARC Highlights Need for Better Protection

WOLA condemns violence, calls for respect for indigenous territorial autonomy
Analysis & Commentary
A recent attack by the FARC underlines the need for the guerrilla group to respect international law as the peace process progresses.

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

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.

The Prisoners of Guantanamo: Politicized Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
The proposal to receive various Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release has become the central issue in Uruguay’s electoral race, politicizing an issue that deserves to be treated as a humanitarian crisis.

Secretary General of the OAS José Miguel Insulza Urges Latin American Countries to Receive Guantanamo Prisoners

WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson reacts to the press release from the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), which urges Latin American countries to receive those Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release.

Children, Families, and Danger at the Texas-Mexico Border

Report back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico
With numerous audio samples, Adam reports back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico. Listen to on-the-scene updates about unaccompanied minors, the dangers of the journey, deportations, and the humanitarian response.