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.
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.