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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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Migration Bridge Crossing

Religion & Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Releases Working Paper No. 24

CLALS released a new working paper, "Too Much Success? The Legacy and Lessons of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala," authored by Charles Call, Associate Professor at AU’s School of International Service, and Jeffrey Hallock, a doctoral candidate at SIS. This report examines the work and impact of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) including analysis of its legacy and lessons for future anti-corruption commissions. The report was launched at an event co-hosted by the Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) on January 9, 2020 in Guatemala City.

This report is part of an ongoing CLALS project to understand the impact, 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 of this report is available in English and Spanish.

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Funder & Partner Highlights

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). 

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Media Mentions

Over 300 lawyers, policy experts, health professionals, and other advocates gathered on February 13-14, 2020 for a high-level, two-day symposium on "In Children's Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children." Co-organized by CLALS, the American University Washington College of Law, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the symposium featured 36 speakers, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) delivered the keynote address on the first day of the symposium. Morning sessions on February 14 were aired live on C-SPAN. Explore further media coverage of this event.

Past Media Mentions