Resources & Analysis

On the Front Lines: Border Security, Migration, and Humanitarian Concerns in South Texas

New WOLA Report on the South Texas Border
Publication
The report explores the shift in migration to Texas's Rio Grande Valley and its implications for migrants and border security officials. WOLA offers recommendations for authorities to respond more effectively to the reality on the ground.

U.S. Failing to Respond to Shifting Migration Patterns, Urgent Humanitarian Need at the Border

New WOLA Report on Texas's Rio Grande Valley
Publication
With Congress debating a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, the issue of border security is in the spotlight. But while some in Washington quarrel over a nebulous “crisis” at the border, a lesser-known—but in many ways more grim—situation is playing out in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley region.

Deteriorating Security Situation for Unionists in Valle del Cauca

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. and Colombian officials must take action in the wake of continued threats and attacks against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

What Does the New U.S. Special Envoy Mean for Colombia's Peace Process?

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy Adam Isacson weighs in on the political implications of the U.S. government's new special envoy for the Colombian peace process, Bernie Aronson.

Chavismo Under Pressure: Economic Crisis and Political Challenges in Venezuela

Video
Tune in here for a timely discussion of Venezuela's predicaments and possible scenarios in the year ahead, featuring WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde. The livestream will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

WOLA Monitoring the Administration's Central America Aid Request

Smart Investment Means Effectively Targeting Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following the Obama administration's historic billion-dollar aid request to Central America for FY2016, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.

Álvaro Uribe Addresses WOLA’s 5 Questions on the Colombian Peace Process

In his recent Washington visit, former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe addressed —but failed to fully respond to— WOLA’s five questions about his opposition to the Colombian peace process.
Analysis & Commentary