All Content: U.S. assistance

Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties

Publication
In a new report from WOLA and the Brookings Institution, John Walsh and Wells Bennett analyze the new legal, regulated marijuana markets in the context of existing international drug treaties.

Migration and Citizen Security in El Salvador

The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration offers a promising approach
Analysis & Commentary
The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration in El Salvador offers some promising proposals to address the lack of opportunity and insecurity that drive irregular migration to the United States.

The MCC Announcement in El Salvador

What It Says about U.S. Assistance to El Salvador and the Region
Analysis & Commentary
The signing of a long-stalled Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact between the United States and El Salvador sends a political signal that the Obama Administration is prepared to work with the newly installed FMLN President Salvador Sanchez Cerén.

12 Principles to Assess the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Central America team drafted a set of key principles to assess the Central American governments’ Alliance for Prosperity plan that was presented by the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras this past Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The plan addresses the drivers of migration in the region.

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
Publication
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.

Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia?

Report-back on a research visit to Bogotá: the answer is "no, not yet"
Analysis & Commentary
In perhaps a year, donor countries, UN agencies, and multilateral bodies will be compelled to shift gears, increasing and reorienting their aid packages for Colombia. Are they ready to do that? Is the Colombian government helping them to prepare? What will the most urgent needs be?

Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

Video
In this taped event, leading Venezuela analysts examine the impacts of proposed U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The panelists argue that sanctions will reduce the chances for dialogue and a resolution to existing tensions.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

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.

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.

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.

Ending 50 Years of Conflict in Colombia: A New Report from WOLA

The Challenges Ahead and the U.S. Role
Publication
As the likelihood of an accord increases, the United States--which provided billions for Colombia's war effort--must prepare to help consolidate peace.

USAID’s "Cuban Twitter" and Alan Gross

Resources and Analysis by WOLA
News
Recent developments in U.S.-Cuba relations have once again highlighted the counterproductive nature of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

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.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
Publication
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 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 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.

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.

Conference: Perspectives on Colombia’s Peace Process and Opportunities for U.S. Engagement

Video
In this event, Colombian and U.S. analysts, human rights defenders, and policymakers came together to discuss the status of the peace process and the role of the United States after an eventual agreement.