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CLALS | Funders

CLALS depends on generous support from American University, individual donors, private foundations, and other agencies. The following are agencies that currently fund or have funded Center activities:

American Friends Service Committee

With support from the American Friends Service Committee, CLALS staff prepared a report on the challenges of reconstruction in Haiti.

Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation provided support for CLALS Research Fellow Héctor Silva's research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.

Christopher Reynolds Foundation

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has provided ongoing support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations, economic reform, social welfare, and issues in health, agriculture, and the environment.

Department of State

Through CLALS' in-house investigative wing, InSight Crime, the Department of State funded an in-depth study of emerging criminal organizations in Colombia, known by their acronym, BACRIMs.

Ford Foundation

CLALS was awarded a series of grants by the Ford Foundation to fund an ambitious program of research and dissemination devoted to assessing the role of Central American elites. The Foundation has also awarded funds to CLALS to supply pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system. Previous support from Ford includes a project on participatory democracy in Latin America, which was carried out through a grant to the University of British Columbia's Andean Democracy Research Network.

Henry Luce Foundation

Following the completion of a multi-year project examining religious responses to violence in Latin America and a second phase of research on religion and democratic contestation in Latin America, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs has generously renewed their support for a third phase of research on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective. 

Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank's Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness has provided support for the Center's work on emergent challenges in Latin American and Caribbean economies, carried out in collaboration with the Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN).

International Development Research Centre

FLACSO-Costa Rica subcontracted CLALS to carry out research on and disseminate findings from the multi-year project Exclusion and Violence in Central American Cities. This project was funded by the International Development Research Centre.

National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice has awarded CLALS a $670,000 grant to carry out research aimed at assessing the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.

National Science Foundation

CLALS has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to convene a Fall 2016 workshop to discuss how social science research can inform judicial decision-making on asylum cases involving Central American children and families.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations have provided support for InSight Crime, the AULA blog, and research conducted by CLALS Research Fellows on corruption and the police in El Salvador.

Tinker Foundation

The Tinker Foundation has awarded CLALS funds to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn more about the Tinker Field Research Grants.