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. 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

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

22 Mexican police officers held in killings

WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer says that the murder of the students in Ayotzinapa is not an isolated case, and that police abuse in Mexico is far too common and often unpunished.
The Los Angeles Times

Colombia to Create New Congressional Seats Under FARC Peace Deal

Senior Associate Adam Isacson says President Santos' release of an agreement between the government and the FARC makes it clear that they are not keeping negotiations hidden.
Bloomberg Businessweek

Coalition Urges Nations to Decriminalize Drugs and Drug Use

John Walsh, WOLA Senior Associate for Drug Policy, says the Global Commission on Drug Policy understands that different countries will proceed with drug decriminalization at different paces.
The New York Times

Latin America Stumbles On Road To Health-Based Drug Policies

A CEDD report analyzes state approaches to drug consumption in Latin America, finding that punitive measures remain the norm
Insight Crime

Seguridad en frontera sur, alentada por EU

WOLA Program Officer Clay Boggs says the child migrant crisis has resulted in increased pressure on the Mexican government to pursue options to collaborate with the U.S. on border security issues.
El Economista

Why the first country to legalize marijuana might give up

WOLA's Senior Associate for Drug Policy John Walsh argues that shrinking the illegal drug market is an important outcome of marijuana legalization in Uruguay.
Vox

With HIV regime-change ruse in Cuba, another black eye for USAID

WOLA's Program Director Geoff Thale says that USAID democracy promotion programs in Cuba undermine the good work that the organization does as a whole.
The Christian Science Monitor

The Colombian Peace Process

Victims proposals for a lasting peace
WPFW