Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

Adam Isacson

New report on the border

We’re proud to release “The Zero Tolerance Policy,” the first installment in what will be (probably) 3 reports on the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. This one covers the incredible institutional train wreck that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions caused when they decided in April that every person caught crossing the border improperly should be […]

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The day ahead: July 17, 2018

My responses may be delayed as I’m writing on a deadline. (How to contact me) Working at home this morning as I scramble to finish testimony about Colombia that I’ll be giving Thursday morning at the Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives. I should be in the office after lunch; I have a […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 16, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Annie Correal, Dan Barry, Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, “Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention” (The New York Times, July 16, 2018). Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is […]

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The day ahead: July 16, 2018

We’ve got an internal staff meeting in the morning. I’ve scheduled a lunch with a longtime colleague from Capitol Hill, and an end-of-day meeting with folks from a faith-based organization who’ve worked on Colombia for years. In between, we should be releasing a report today about the border and the “zero tolerance” policy, based on fieldwork […]

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The week ahead

The usual work will be bookended this week by three events: The launch of a report on the border, part one of a three-parter. Should be posted today. An event with colleagues who just published a book about coca in the Andes, for which I wrote the epilogue. Testifying in a hearing about Colombia Thursday in […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(This covers the week of June 24-30—a very eventful period. Sorry this is so behind schedule, but there’s no way around it with the present workload. Last week’s update is coming soon.) Congress Makes Big Changes To Transitional Justice System On June 27 Colombia’s Congress passed a Procedural Law for the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP), […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Tal Kopan, “Trump Administration to Turn Away Far More Asylum Seekers at the Border Under New Guidance” (CNN, July 12, 2018). Under new guidance given Wednesday to the officers who interview asylum seekers at the US’ borders and evaluate refugee applications, claims based on fear of […]

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The day ahead: July 12, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach today. (How to contact me) WOLA is holding its annual staff retreat Thursday and Friday, which means my schedule is full and I’ll be hard to contact.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 11, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Colleen Long, “Border Protection Says Nyc Mayor Crossed Border Illegally” (Associated Press **, July 11, 2018). The agent told them they’d crossed the border illegally and asked them to remain there while he got a supervisor and took them to an official crossing for an inspection […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 10, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Josh Gerstein, “Judge Rejects Trump Request to Alter Agreement on Release of Immigrant Kids” (Politico, July 10, 2018). Los Angeles-based U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as “tortured” the Trump administration’s legal argument to get out from under the so-called Flores consent decree Alfredo Corchado, […]

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The day ahead: July 10, 2018

I’ll be difficult to reach today. (How to contact me) We’ve got a few meetings today with congressional staff to talk about the situation at the border and what we saw in Arizona 3 weeks ago. (We’ve now got a very long report about that drafted out, and may put out a bit of it […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 9, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nicholas Kulish, “Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border” (The New York Times, July 9, 2018). Getting through the heavily patrolled 100-mile zone beyond the border can be just as difficult as getting into the country Elliot Spagat, “California, Long a Holdout, […]

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The day ahead: July 9, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Except for lunch with a longtime colleague, I should be in the office all day writing about both Colombia and the border, hopefully finishing a Colombia update. And catching up on correspondence, which is behind because I’ve been writing pretty intensely over the past two weeks.

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:00 at the Wilson Center: The Crisis in Nicaragua: Is a Resolution in Sight? (RSVP required). 12:00 at WOLA: Analyzing What the 2018 Elections Mean for Colombia’s Pacific Coast Communities (RSVP required). Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee […]

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Some articles I found interesting from July 6

(Even more here) July 6, 2018 Colombia Angela Olaya, “Arrest of Major Farc Dissident Casts Doubt on Colombia Peace Accords” (InsightCrime, July 6, 2018). Rambo’s presumed return to the criminal world illustrates the risk the Colombian government takes when its implementation of the peace agreement with the FARC is perceived as inconsistent Juan Camilo Pedraza, […]

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