Resources & Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. Organizations Support Broad Inclusion of Victims’ Voices into Colombian Peace Process and Urge Protection for Victims and Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Eight human rights organizations issued a statement expressing concern over recent threats against human rights defenders in Colombia.

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Receive Barrage of Threats, attacks as Protection Funds Dwindle

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past month, over 100 Colombian human rights defenders have received threats and attacks for their work.

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.

With Enemies Like Cuba, Who Needs Friends?

Obama designates Cuba a U.S. enemy; meanwhile, our militaries cooperate
Analysis & Commentary
On September 5, the White House announced that the Obama administration had renewed Cuba's designation as an enemy of the United States. Ironically, at the same time that the announcement was made, our military was closely cooperating with the Cuban military to monitor an unresponsive aircraft that cruised into Cuban airspace.

Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

Video
In this taped event, the Colombian hip-hop group Explosion Negra presents on how they use music to involve Afro-Colombian youth and combat racism and violence in their communities.

WOLA's Walsh Presents at the OAS on the Drug Problem in the Americas

Video
In this taped event, WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh joins drug policy reform advocates and practitioners in a discussion at the OAS on drug policy in the hemisphere. Walsh acknowledges that there exists a growing realization among both officials and reform advocates that current policies have not been effective.