All Content: humanitarian issues

What the U.S. Government Can Do in Response to the Increase in Migration from Central America

Smart responses to increased migration from Central America
Analysis & Commentary
In a series of recommendations, WOLA, LAWG, the Women's Refugee Commission, JRS, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, and the U.S. Jesuit Conference outline intelligent ways in which the U.S. government could respond to the increase in migration from Central America.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

The Other Crisis: Abuses Against Children and Other Migrants Traveling through Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
The surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked widespread discussion about the causes behind this dramatic increase, but less attention has been paid to the dangers migrants face during their journey through Mexico to the United States.

The Plight of Migrant Children at the Border Highlights Need to Invest in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale discusses the "push" factors that are driving an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American youth to migrate to the U.S., and what can be done to mitigate these factors.

New WOLA report on Mexico's Southern Border

Mexico's Other Border: Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
Publication
In February 2014, WOLA investigators paid a 12-day visit to several points along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Their new report examines border security conditions, migration trends, and the push factors that force Central American migrants to abandon their countries of origin.

New WOLA report: Mexico's Other Border

Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
News
WOLA associates Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer examine migration patterns, human trafficking and smuggling, security, and U.S. and Mexican policy at Mexico's southern border.

The Crisis of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Why are so many Central American adults and children suddenly trying to migrate? WOLA staff recall that the humanitarian crisis starts far south of the U.S. border.
Publication
Since October, authorities have captured more than 46,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from Central America, on the U.S. side of the border. Adam talks with WOLA's Geoff Thale, Maureen Meyer, and Marc Hanson about causes and implications.

Executive Summary: Mexico's Other Border

New WOLA Report on Security and the Crisis in Central American Migration Between Mexico and Guatemala
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's new report not only explains what Mexico’s “other border” looks like, it shows very clearly that the real humanitarian emergency is not just in shelters and detention facilities in south Texas—it runs along the entire migration route to the United States.

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.

Presentation on Land Restitution, Displacement, and WOLA's Visit to the Choco

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate offers a panorama of the dire situation facing Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities along Colombia's Pacific Coast.

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.