WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

50th Anniversary Events

Join us as WOLA hosts an array of events to commemorate 50 years of work!

As of September 2023 and over the next year, we will be hosting an array of events that commemorate our 50 years of past, present, and future work. Learn more below!


Upcoming Events


In commemoration of WOLA’s 50 years, we will be hosting our premier 50th Anniversary Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala, which will be held on May 9, 2024. We hope that through these events we can honor WOLA’s past, present, and future work.   This year we will be honoring Senator Patrick Leahy, Venezuela Program Education-Action on Human Rights (PROVEA), and the Collectives of Family Members of the Disappeared in Guanajuato, Mexico. Read the announcement.    

March 6th, 2:00 P.M. EST The Past, Present, and Future of the Fight for Gender and Racial Justice in the Americas

As WOLA marks its 50th anniversary with a series of events to reflect on the past, present, and future of the struggle for human rights and social justice in our hemisphere, join us and three of our partners for a discussion on the fight for #gender and #racial justice throughout the region. 


Panelists from different countries will help us take stock of realities on the ground today, the significance of advances and setbacks in recent years, and how to address the evolving challenges to the feminist and racial justice movements going forward. 

🗓️March 6

⏰2pm EST


Past Events

September 18, 2023: Defending Human Rights and Democracy

On September 18, 2023, WOLA held a thought-provoking event at the U.S. Senate to discuss "Defending Human Rights and Democracy 50 years after the Chilean Coup d’état".

Watch the event here

September 21, 2023: WOLA Reception

On September 21, 2023, WOLA hosted a reception with our sponsors where we paid heartfelt tribute to the remarkable work of Joe Eldridge and received a special message from Isabel Allende.


September 22, 2023: Public Art, Activism, and Historic Memory


Learn more here!

September 23, 2023: Sheridan Circle Ceremony

Learn more here!

View pictures from the event here!

September 23, 2023: 50 Years Medal Ceremony

On September 23, 2023, President Gabriel Boric awarded the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) a medal in recognition of international solidarity at a special ceremony.

View more photo's from the event here!

November 8, 2023: 50th Anniversary Partners' Event

On November 8, 2023, WOLA organized a reception to celebrate alliances and commemorate 50 years of collaborative work with our dedicated local and regional partners.

Check out pictures and videos from the event here!


Meet the honorees for the 2024 Human Rights Awards who will be recognized at our 50th anniversary gala!