WOLA in the News

WOLA is the leading source for independent analysis and commentary on Latin America. Our experts are called upon regularly by members of the press for up-to-date news on developments in the region. This page provides a selected feed of recent articles quoting WOLA. For media inquiries, please contact our press office at press@wola.org or at (202) 797-2171.

U.S. should have tried nation-building in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. is integrally linked to its surrounding countries, says WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson, so regional development, not bigger walls, should be a top priority.
The Washington Post

Is Mexico Doing Enough to Secure Its Southern Border?

Adam Isacson, Senior Fellow and co-author of WOLA's recent report on Mexico's southern border, says Mexico lacks the resources to launch a campaign against illegal immigration from Central America.

Peru Looks to Restart Aerial Interdiction Program, Antidrug Chief Says

Distinguishing a drug trafficking plane from any other plane is difficult, Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers points out, so the return of the interdiction program could lead to more deadly mistakes.
The Wall Street Journal

These are the Places Central American Child Migrants are Fleeing

An infographic made public by WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson links unaccompanied children migrating to the U.S. to some of the most violent and impovershed parts of Central America.
Mother Jones

Critican en EU gasto por deportaciones

As the U.S. continues to funnel money toward youth deportations, WOLA calls for the U.S. to consider a greater investment in the development of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. (Spanish only).
El Universal

How Mexico's Cartels are Behind the Border Kid Crisis

In a recent report, WOLA notes that although the number of migrants apprehended at the border has reached an all-time low, more migrants are dying than ever.
The Daily Beast

Exfiscal general de Guatemala recibirá el Premio de Derechos Humanos en EEUU

WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson praises Claudia Paz y Paz, former Secretary General of Guatemala as brave, tenacious and intelligent in naming her as Human Rights Award recipient. (Spanish only).

These Are The Real Reasons Behind Our Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

Poverty and violence are the principal factors behind the wave of Central American migration, according to WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson.
Huffington Post

Ola de migración hacia sur de EUA se debe a violencia y falla institucional

Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate and co-author of WOLA’s report on Mexico’s southern border, says the “humanitarian crisis” extends beyond the U.S border and throughout Central America. (Spanish).

Colombia election clears way for peace talks with rebels

As Juan Manuel Santos’ reelection in Colombia is heralded as a vote for peace, WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson notes Colombians hold mixed views on Santos and on peace negotiations with the FARC.
USA Today