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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.

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.

Human Rights in Mexico: Recent Abuses Highlight Persistent Challenges

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Recent cases in Iguala, Guerrero and Tlatlaya, State of Mexico raise serious concerns about the actions of Mexico's security forces and the government's commitment to respect human rights, end impunity, and combat corruption.

Police Militarization: Similarities between Ferguson and Brazil

Analysis & Commentary
Recent “tipping point” events in Missouri and Brazil shed light on racist police practices and the militarization of police forces in both the United States and Brazil.

Mexico's New Southern Border Security Plan and New Police Force

An In-Depth Podcast with WOLA's Adam Isacson and Experts on the Ground
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Over 3 days in August, Mexico's government announced a big new southern border security plan, and inaugurated a big new police force, the Gendarmería. Adam talks to six experts about both strategies and their likely effects.

WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's Testimony Before the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Analysis & Commentary
What drives a child or teenager to leave his or her home community in San Salvador or San Pedro Sula, and risk everything to make the extremely dangerous journey north? For many of these children, it is knowing how terrifying and potentially life threatening not going could be.

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.

Mexico at Peace

An Incomplete Approach
Analysis & Commentary
In this report, researchers analyze the efficacy of Mexico's new program to address violence.

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.

Sending In The Military: Not a Long-Term Solution to Mexico's Security Problems

Analysis & Commentary
Recent developments in Mexico highlight the ongoing security crisis in swaths of the country and suggest a repetition of past strategies.

Mexico's Police

Many Reforms, Little Progress
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While much has been done to reform Mexico’s police, establishing strong internal and external controls has not been a priority for the Mexican government.

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.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
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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.

Militarizing Police in Honduras & Remembering Chile's Coup

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In the latest Latin Pulse podcast, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán discusses the violence in Honduras, which currently has the worst homicide rate in the world.

Police Reform in Honduras: Stalled Efforts and the Need to Weed out Corruption

Analysis & Commentary
Cleaning up corruption and criminal activity inside the Honduran National Police is critical to establishing a credible, trustworthy, and accountable police force.

Militaries as Police

A conversation with Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy
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Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.