Resources & Analysis

Uruguay’s Big Step Toward Regulating its Cannabis Market

Analysis & Commentary
Uruguayan authorities have laid out plans for the biggest step yet in the country’s efforts to regulate all levels of the cannabis market: cultivation for commercial sales. Two companies have been selected to grow cannabis for sale in pharmacies, and that the first commercial offerings will likely be available in mid-year 2016.

Creating New Opportunities for Central American Youth

Join WOLA in a conversation with Father Francisco “Paco” Iznardo and William Reese on promising programs that connect youth with employment and more hopeful futures despite a reality of widespread violence, lack of quality education, job training, and entry-level jobs.

WOLA Digest: August/September 2015

The latest news, analysis, and updates from WOLA
WOLA's monthly digest provides highlights from our programs, including news, analysis, and stories of impact. To receive the digest in your inbox each month, please visit

Twilight Hour of Coca Fumigation in Colombia Shows its Injustice, Ineffectiveness

Analysis & Commentary
Thursday, October 1, will mark the end of Colombia’s aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops, representing a hard-fought victory against an ineffective, unjust, and destructive drug control policy.

Surprising August Increase in Unaccompanied Migrant Children at the Border

The U.S. Must Urgently Address Root Causes of Migration
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA’s analysts were surprised by U.S. Border Patrol’s report that the agency apprehended 4,632 unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border in August 2015, the largest monthly number of apprehended minors since the unprecedented wave of children in mid-2014.

A Year without Justice: Remembering the Victims of the September 2014 Attacks in Guerrero, Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
As we commemorate the anniversary of the September 2014 attacks in Iguala, Guerrero, we remember all those who were affected by the violent events.

How the film 'NN' explores issues of the missing in Peru

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt introduced the film 'NN' at the AFI's Latin American Film Festival, where she spoke about enforced disappearances in Peru during the years of political violence.

Peace in Sight: the State of Colombia's Peace Talks

Colombia appears to be nearing an end to its bitter internal armed conflict. After 50 years and a death toll approaching a quarter million, Colombia has its best chance in decades of securing peace. Watch a live discussion on the current developments and post-conflict challenges Colombia will face.

A Night at the Movies with WOLA

WOLA and the American Film Institute are partnering to present two feature films at the annual Latin American Film Festival: NN, about Peru's attempts to come to terms with its past, on September 20; and Alias María, a depiction of Colombia's deadly armed conflict, on September 26.

How a New Report Challenges Mexico's 'Official Version' of the Case of 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
A summary of the Group of Experts' initial conclusions and recommendations