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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.

Colombia Must Take Steps to Protect Colombian Educational Union

WOLA letter calls for action on threats, attacks against SINDESENA
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the Director General of the SENA job training school in Colombia, WOLA calls for action to protect the school's union and students' legitimate rights to association and free speech.

Following Social Security Institute Liquidation, Colombia Must Pay the Pensions it Owes

Letter to Colombian President, Labor Minister express concern over labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, WOLA expresses concern over Colombia's apparent refusal to pay its former workers their duly-earned pensions and medical benefits.

GAO Report: Enforcement of FTA Labor Provisions Remains a Serious Problem

U.S. Government Agencies Should Act Quickly to Ensure That Legislative and Institutional Changes Lead to Labor Rights Protections on the Ground
Analysis & Commentary
The report recognizes that governments in the region have taken important steps to deal with labor commitments. But it concludes that more monitoring and more vigorous enforcement are required.

WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Awards

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On November 12, WOLA honored Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, and Congressman George Miller with its 2014 Human Rights Award. Click here to watch video of their acceptance speeches.

WOLA’s 2014 Human Rights Awards

WOLA honored Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller
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On November 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) presented its prestigious Human Rights Awards by honoring two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller.

Labor Rights Violations Continue in Colombia as Officials Declare “Victory”

WOLA letter highlights continued abuses, need for continued monitoring
Analysis & Commentary
Contrary to government statements, serious labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

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.

May Colombia Labor Rights Update

Analysis & Commentary
In an letter to policymakers, WOLA offers an update on the labor rights situation in Colombia

House Leaders Call on Colombian President To Investigate Recent Bombing, Protect Worker Safety

Analysis & Commentary
Members of the U.S. Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia highlight their concerns about continued violence, labor rights violations.

Major Colombian Union Suffers Bombing

Colombian Government must Investigate
Analysis & Commentary
The headquarters of SINTRAEMCALI were attacked on April 16; the Colombian government must investigate.

Three Years of Non-Compliance with the Obama-Santos Colombia Labor Action Plan

Widespread Labor Rights Violations Continue Years after Landmark Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
According to a new report from the Colombia National Labor School and a declaration from leading unions and NGOs, labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

Analysis & Commentary
On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.

Rethinking NAFTA after 20 Years

Open letter to the heads of state of Mexico, the United States, and Canada
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and other international organizations sent an open letter to leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada as they prepare to meet for the sixth North American Leaders' Summit.

U.S. Congress Expresses Concern over Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

Letter to Colombian Attorney General Demands Protection for Union Leaders
Analysis & Commentary
In a January 27, 2014, letter to Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre, Congressmen Miller, Levin, and McGovern expressed their concern over continued threats and attacks against trade unionists in Colombia.

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.

In Colombia, a Rising Tide Sinks all Ports

Free trade has failed to bring prosperity to Colombia’s largest port city
Analysis & Commentary
President Obama calls existing human and labor rights deficiencies in Colombia just details that need to be worked out. The reality on the ground is far more grave.

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.

Promoting Peace, Labor Rights, and Social Inclusion in Colombia

WOLA November Colombia Update
Analysis & Commentary
Over the past several months, WOLA has worked with policymakers in DC and grassroots organizations in Colombia to ensure U.S. and Colombian laws protect human rights and promote social justice.