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202-885-6178

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clals@american.edu

Contact:
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 News

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

The U.S. Department of State has granted the Center $450,000 to undertake a research project on criminal networks and politics in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. The project is a collaboration between CLALS and InSight Crime, and is led by a group of researchers including CLALS Director Eric Hershberg, CLALS Research Fellow and Co-Director of InSight Crime Steven Dudley, SIS Professor and CLALS Affiliate Matthew Taylor, and Jeremy McDermott of InSight Crime.

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Media Mentions

CLALS Director Eric Hershberg spoke to Milenio Televisión, a Mexican cable news channel, about the factors driving Central American migration-- including weak institutions, instability, and chronic violence--in light of the media frenzy surrounding the Honduran migrant caravan.

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