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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Spring Valley, Room 521

Latin American/Latino Studies Washington, DC 20016-8137 United States

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About the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond. Learn more about us.

Message from the Director

Read CLALS Director Eric Hershberg's annual message.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Religion & Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS released Working Paper No. 19 in late September 2018: "Newcomer Central American Immigrants' Access to Legal Services." To better understand local variations in the provision of legal assistance and barriers faced by Central American migrants in accessing existing services, researchers from the Center and the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston conducted interviews with service providers, local government officials, and other stakeholders across three major immigrant receiving communities: the Washington, DC and Houston metropolitan areas, and North and South Carolina. Drawing on project interviews and publicly available data, this report documents legal service gaps, catalogs the principal challenges confronting community-based legal service providers, and highlights strategies for enhancing service provider capacity and overcoming access barriers. The report is available for download here.

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Partner & Funder Highlights

CLALS has entered into a partnership with UNICEF to provide their newly-located representatives in Latin American and the Caribbean with country briefings. Drawing on the vast expertise of American University faculty, these briefings aim to familiarize the representative with relevant aspects of the country’s history, politics, economy, and social structure, as well as development and human rights issues.

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Media Mentions

France 24, an international news outlet, broadcasted a debate discussing Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s thoughts on U.S. interference in his country's politics. CLALS Research Fellow Michael McCarthy participated in the debate and voiced his opinion on U.S. involvement in Nicaraguan affairs. He also shared his expertise on Venezuela, and commented on the recent revelation that Trump administration officials had met with members of the Venezuelan military to discuss ousting President Nicolás Maduro. Watch the full debate here.

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