Resources & Analysis

Labor Rights Violations Continue in Colombia as Officials Declare “Victory”

WOLA letter highlights continued abuses, need for continued monitoring
Analysis & Commentary
Contrary to government statements, serious labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

Video
In this taped event, leading drug policy reform advocates, experts, and former officials share their analyses of the current trend toward legal, regulated marijuana markets and the tensions these initiatives have with existing international legal commitments.

Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties

Publication
In a new report from WOLA and the Brookings Institution, John Walsh and Wells Bennett analyze the new legal, regulated marijuana markets in the context of existing international drug treaties.

Wave of Threats Hit Colombian Human Rights Defenders

Month dubbed "Black September" for spike in death threats
Analysis & Commentary
In what has been dubbed “Black September,” over 150 death threats have been issued in the month of September against Colombian human rights defenders, journalists, and labor leaders.

U.S.-Cuba Policy: No Longer a Third Rail in South Florida Politics

Analysis & Commentary
For years, Cuba policy has been the third rail of South Florida politics. But recent events demonstrate that far from being a political death sentence, supporting travel to Cuba may in fact be politically advantageous.

The Prisoners of Guantanamo: Politicized Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
The proposal to receive various Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release has become the central issue in Uruguay’s electoral race, politicizing an issue that deserves to be treated as a humanitarian crisis.

New Developments along Mexico’s Southern Border

Mexico’s Government Deploys Additional Forces and Requests Funds for Southern Border Program
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and Fundar provide an analysis of Mexico's stepped-up migration enforcement strategy at its southern border.

Addressing Economic Marginalization of Ethnic Minorities as Colombia Transitions from Conflict to Peace

Video
Aid programs are working in Colombia; how can they be leveraged to support an eventual peace accord?

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.