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.

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

Can Uruguay kill drug cartels by legalizing marijuana?

WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh says drug cartels will likely to struggle to compete with Uruguay’s legal cannabis market under the country’s current regulatory plan.

Colombia's Security Export

According to a recent WOLA report, the lack of transparency in U.S.-Colombia military cooperation raises concerns about a potential spread of human rights abuses.

Peru to Drop Coca-Leaf Eradication, Promote Other Crops

Peru’s emphasis on providing alternatives to coca-leaf growing is a “welcome development,” according to WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers.
The Wall Street Journal

Miami’s Venezuelans Are Starting To Drive U.S. Policy Like Their Cuban Neighbors

Senior Fellow David Smilde discusses the largely anti-Chávez and anti-Maduro Venezuelan community in the U.S., which influences policy toward Venezuela through lobbying.

High-stakes Colombian presidential race marred by scandals, personal feuds

Because candidate Óscar Zuluaga is more confrontational with neighboring Venezuela, Senior Associate Adam Isacson says regional stability could suffer if Zuluaga defeats incumbent Juan Manuel Santos.
The Washington Post