WOLA Publications

WOLA report on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The legacy of the CICIG: accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned
The CICIG has strengthened the Guatemalan justice system and taken apart criminal networks deeply entrenched in state institutions, but it faces notable obstacles in the fight against impunity moving forward.

U.S. Failing to Respond to Shifting Migration Patterns, Urgent Humanitarian Need at the Border

New WOLA Report on Texas's Rio Grande Valley
With Congress debating a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, the issue of border security is in the spotlight. But while some in Washington quarrel over a nebulous “crisis” at the border, a lesser-known—but in many ways more grim—situation is playing out in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley region.

Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties

In a this report published jointly by 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.

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

New report from WOLA and the Brookings Institution analyzes the implementation of marijuana regulation in Colorado
The report finds that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive. This report details what has been successful, how Colorado has achieved an effective rollout, and what challenges remain.

New WOLA report on Mexico's Southern Border

Mexico's Other Border: Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
In February 2014, WOLA investigators paid a 12-day visit to several points along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Their new report examines border security conditions, migration trends, and the push factors that force Central American migrants to abandon their countries of origin.

Mexico's Police

Many Reforms, Little Progress
While much has been done to reform Mexico’s police, establishing strong internal and external controls has not been a priority for the Mexican government.

Ending 50 Years of Conflict in Colombia: A New Report from WOLA

The Challenges Ahead and the U.S. Role
As the likelihood of an accord increases, the United States--which provided billions for Colombia's war effort--must prepare to help consolidate peace.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

Labor Rights and Cuba’s Economic Reforms

Since Raúl Castro became president in 2008, Cuba has taken modest but significant steps to move from an almost entirely state-run economy to a more mixed model, but there has been little debate about the potential trade-offs and social costs of these reforms.

Border Security and Migration: A Report from Arizona

In one of the busiest areas of the U.S.-Mexico border, WOLA heard of increased migration, unsafe deportation practices, stubbornly high levels of migrant deaths, and increasing drug trafficking.