Resources & Analysis

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War
Analysis & Commentary
Across the Americas, repressive drug policies make easy targets of small-scale dealers and people who use drugs, while doing little to thwart large-scale traffickers or organized crime.

The Mexican Government’s Failed Investigation into the 43 Students’ Enforced Disappearance

New Report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Highlights Shortcomings
Analysis & Commentary
The CNDH report outlines six key points that are fairly basic steps in any criminal investigation and that Mexican authorities have not yet done.

New Report: How Foreign Guns are Funneled through the United States to Mexico

Gun-Running Nation: How Foreign-Made Assault Weapons are Trafficked from the United States to Mexico and What to Do About It
Publication
Semiautomatic assault rifles imported to the United States account for significant portions of the arsenals of Mexico’s drug cartels.

Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Trade Grows Among Republican Party

Analysis & Commentary
After fifty years of a failed foreign policy on Cuba, one thing has become clear to Americans of all political stripes: it’s time to end the Cuban trade embargo.

Airbnb in Havana: Cuba’s Untapped Potential for Online Entrepreneurship

Analysis & Commentary
Airbnb and online platforms like it have enormous potential to fuel the ongoing economic reforms in Cuba. The only problem: Airbnb relies on internet access, which is highly limited on the island.

How Both Sides See the Recent Ups and Downs of Colombia's Peace Process

Analysis & Commentary
The last seven months have seen the pendulum of Colombia’s peace process swing back and forth rather wildly. For the months ahead, it’s worth looking at the volatile swings of 2015 from both sides’ on-the-record perspectives.

WOLA: Defending Workers’ Rights in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In addition to supporting broader human rights in Colombia, WOLA works to ensure that union activists in the country do not face violence for their work. In recent years, this has meant monitoring the implementation of the Colombian Labor Action Plan (LAP).

WOLA: Updating U.S.-Cuba Policy for the 21st Century

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA is working to end the embargo and to educate the general public, policymakers and members of Congress on the value of opening up trade, travel and diplomatic cooperation with Cuba.

For a Lasting Peace, Afro-Colombians Need a Seat at the Table

Analysis & Commentary
After more than two years of negotiations between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders: Afro-Colombians.

Central America’s Child Exodus: One Year Later the Humanitarian Crisis is Far From Over

Analysis & Commentary
In an op-ed first published in The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson, the two urge Congress to address the causes of mass migration from Central America at their source.