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.

The Torture Report: Latin America’s Lessons for the United States

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt applauds the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture and discusses ways in which the U.S. could learn from past events in Latin America.
The Nation

Colombian General’s Capture Puts FARC Rebels on the Defensive

The FARC's decision to free Alzate shows that they are serious about continuing peace talks, according to WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson.
TIME Magazine

Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltran says violence against women is a huge problem in Honduras.
Associated Press

Colombia peace talks frozen after general’s kidnapping

Senior Associate Adam Isacson says the kidnapping by the FARC is a potential deal breaker, and notes that peace talks will not continue while the FARC is holding a hostage.
The Washington Post

Stark differences between Mexican, U.S. legal systems

Mexico's judicial system is moving in the right direction, but it will be years before significant changes are seen, says WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer.
CBS News

A Break in the Case of the Missing Mexican Students

WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson reflects on the discovery of mass graves in Iguala following the disappearance of 43 students.
The Atlantic

State Department Official Calls For 'Flexibility' On Drug Control Treaties

WOLA Senior Associate for Drug Policy John Walsh says it's clear that revision or amendment to international drug control treaties is not on the U.S. agenda, but argues it should be.
The Huffington Post

U.S. aims to decrease child migration through sponsored programs in Central America

Program Director Geoff Thale criticizes USAID's policy to not directly fund programs which are explicitly aimed at current gang members.
PBS News Hour

Mujica congela el caso Guantánamo

WOLA's Executive Director, Joy Olson, urges Presdient Mujica to consider accepting released Guantanamo detainees and assert Uruguay as a leader working for human rights.
El Pais

Venezuela militia members killed by police amid political unrest

David Smilde, WOLA Senior Fellow, says the Venezuelan government does not have a monopoly on the use of lethal force, which makes the recent clashes between police and militias very dangerous.
The Guardian