Washington Office on Latin America

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Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

"Since 1975, when WOLA worked behind the scenes to write the first major legislation conditioning U.S. military aid abroad on human rights practices, WOLA has played a key role in all major Washington policy debates over human rights in Latin America. Today, WOLA staff are called upon regularly to provide information and analysis to the executive branch, to multilateral organizations, to members of Congress, and to U.S. and Latin American media." [1]

They are a member group of the International Drug Policy Consortium.

"On September 17, 2008, WOLA held its second annual beneft gala and human rights award ceremony. Secretary General of the Organization of American States José Miguel Insulza and US Senator Christopher J. Dodd were honored for their roles in forging a new kind of partnership between the US and Latin America. In addition, Francisco Goldman, author of “The Art of Political Murder,” won the frst annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America." 2008 Annual Report

"Civil Society Under Siege in Colombia"

"Civil Society Under Siege in Colombia" was report completed in February 2004. "This report is based on material gathered during and after a delegation visit to Colombia from February 14 to 20, 2003, organized by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), to evaluate the effects of the internal armed conflict on Colombian civil society. Virginia M. Bouvier, program officer for the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program of the United States Institute of Peace and a specialist on Latin America, participated in the WOLA delegation, moderated a subsequent conference on Colombia on April 22, 2003 at the Institute, and researched and authored this report.

"Other delegation members included Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA); Charles Currie, President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; Kimberly Stanton, Deputy Director, WOLA; Eric Olson, Advocacy Director for the Americas, Amnesty Inter-national; Thomas Hoyt, President-elect, National Council of Churches; Steve Beckman, Assistant Director, Governmental and International Affairs Department, United Auto Workers; Saul Nieves, Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, New York; Roberto Pagan Rodriguez, President, Puerto Rican Workers' Union (SPT); Ellen Lutz, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University; Cindy Buhl, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. McGovern; Jason Hagen, Associate for Colombia, WOLA; and Tina Hodges, Program Assistant for Mexico and the Andes, WOLA." [1]


In 2008, foundation support came from: 2008 Annual Report


Accessed April 2010: [2]

Board of Directors (2007)

  • Charles L. Currie, SJ - Chair. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • Mark Murray, Vice Chair. Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Rachel Garst, Secretary-Treasurer. Coon Rapids/Whiterock Great Place Committee



Accessed April 2010: [3]

Staff (2007)

Critical Articles


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Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 797-2171
Fax: (202) 797-2172
Web: http://www.wola.org; www.wolablog.typepad.com

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Civil Society Under Siege in Colombia, USIP, accessed April 16, 2010.
  2. Directors, Washington Office on Latin America, accessed April 13, 2010.
  3. Staff, Washington Office on Latin America, accessed April 13, 2010.