Resources & Analysis

Colombia's Labor Decree 583 a Step Back for Labor Rights

In Letter to Labor Miniter WOLA Expresses Concerns
Analysis & Commentary
The new Decree regulates and defines certain aspects of labor outsourcing in Colombia, such as independent contractor, and permanent activity. Its language leaves more questions than answers for Colombian workers.

A Summary of the FARC-Government Ceasefire and Disarmament Accord

Analysis & Commentary
The government of Colombia and FARC announced a historic accord that sets out a road map for disarming and demobilizing the FARC after a final peace accord is signed.

Increases in Child and Family Migration from Central America

A Situation Demanding Creative Solutions, Not a Crisis Demanding Another Crackdown
Analysis & Commentary
Two years after the spike in Central American unaccompanied children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, persistent migration flows underscore the urgent need for creative approaches to this "new normal."

Financial Services Appropriations Bill Shows Support for U.S.-Cuba Policy Shift

Analysis & Commentary
Call Your Member of Congress, and urge them to support amendments to the Financial Services Appropriations bill that would permit travel to Cuba, and that would expand credit for agricultural sales to Cuba. The House could vote on these amendments as early as Wednesday, June 22nd.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

Even with Over 27,000 Disappeared, Mexico's Congress Drags its Feet on Addressing the Crisis

Analysis & Commentary
With an average of 10 people per day disappeared in the country in 2016, the failure for Mexico's Congress to enact the General Law on Disappearances has grave consequences for victims and their families.

Release of Three Soldiers Accused of Extrajudicial Killings Raises Further Questions about Mexico’s Commitment to Justice

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced a federal judge’s decision to release three soldiers charged in the “Tlatlaya massacre”—the massacre of 22 civilians in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico in June 2014.

Peru’s Presidential Elections: Money Laundering Investigation into Top Fujimori Aide Raises Critical Questions

Analysis & Commentary
In the midst of the neck-and-neck electoral race between Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, news that Fujimori’s top aide is being investigated for money laundering has raised fresh questions about Fujimori’s candidacy.

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policies in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. The following women were convicted and imprisoned for drug offenses in Colombia and Costa Rica. These are their stories.