CLALS is committed to disseminating quality analysis of COVID-19's impact on Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, including Center projects and publications from American University faculty and partner institutions worldwide. View our collection of analyses, projects, and infographics.
CLALS releases new publications
The CLALS-prepared report, "In Children's Best Interests: Charting A Child-Sensitive Approach to U.S. Immigration Policy," provides a detailed assessment of the impact of the current administration’s policies on children and on the integrity of the immigration process, as well as offers a comprehensive roadmap for analysts and advocates interested in exploring how the best interests principle can inform immigration policy and practice. Authored by CLALS Assistant Director for Research Dennis Stinchcomb, the report synthesizes and builds upon presentations from leading scholars, practitioners, and advocates at a two day symposium convened by the Center in February 2020, organized in collaboration with the American University Washington College of Law and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The Center has released its latest Working Paper, "Fleeting Success: The Legacy of Honduras’ International Anti-Corruption Mission," authored by Charles Call, Associate Professor at AU’s School of International Service. The report examines the work and impact of the Mission in Support of the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) including analysis of its legacy and lessons for future anti-corruption commissions. This report is part of an ongoing CLALS project to understand the legacies and lessons of hybrid anti-impunity missions in Central America, with support from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Seattle International Foundation. The full text is available in English and Spanish.
Regarding the impacts of COVID-19, the Center has released a report, "Assessing Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Latino-Owned Businesses in the DC-Metro Region," on the findings of its survey of area Latino businesses, conducted in collaboration with AU's Kogod School of Business and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This report offers a snapshot of the diverse and extraordinary impacts facing Latino businesses owners, which include substantial losses of revenue and customers, and major disruptions such as closures and layoffs. It intends to help community assistance organizations and decision-makers identify specific policies and programs to support Latino-owned businesses during and after the pandemic. Read additional coverage on the report and survey.
With $175,000 in grants from the Ford, Open Society, and Seattle International Foundations, the Center has launched its next phase of research to fill knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of the origins, work, and impact of international anti-impunity institutions in Central America. Led by School of International Service(SIS)Prof. Charles Call with support from senior researchers at CLALS and in Central America, this project builds upon previous work analyzing the prospects for an International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador(CICIES), as well as analysis of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH).
CLALS Research Assistant Professor Robert Albro spoke with John Walsh, Director for Drug Policy and the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America, and journalist Linda Farthing about the ongoing political crisis in Bolivia, including the transitional government led by Jeanine Áñez and the campaign ahead of new elections amid the uncertainties posed by COVID-19. Watch the full panel discussion.