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In designing and implementing projects, CLALS establishes dynamic partnerships with academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental and community organizations, and governmental agencies throughout the United States and Latin America. Center projects are supported through funding from external donors and agencies as well as by University resources. Below, you'll find a list of current and past funders, as well as partners who make the work we do possible. For a complete list of partners and funders, please see the right-hand navigation bar.


American Friends Service Committee

With support from the American Friends Service Committee, CLALS staff prepared a report on the challenges of reconstruction in Haiti.

Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation provided support for Past Research Fellow Héctor Silva Ávalos' research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.

Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute at the University of Houston

The Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston (UH) has granted the Center funds to launch a project to assess the impact of Central American child and family migration on localities across the United States.

Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA)

With support from the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA), CLALS collaborated with the Washington College of Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic and research institutions in Central America to contribute to the ongoing policy debate around Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador.

Christopher Reynolds Foundation

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has provided ongoing support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations, economic reform, social welfare, and issues in health, agriculture, and the environment. The Foundation has also generously provided funds to the Center's Central American Refugee Policy & Assistance Project (CARPA).

DC Planning Office

As a part of the Center's DC-Metro Latino Research Initiative, CLALS has received funding from the District of Columbia Office of Planning to host a workshop on neighborhood demographic change in DC, as it affects Latino and African American communities.

Department of State

The U.S. Department of State has funded a two-year project on clandestine wildlife trafficking and logging industries Latin America in partnership with InSight Crime. In addition, again in partnership with InSight Crime, the Department of State has funded a new project on mapping criminal networks and politics in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Ford Foundation

CLALS was awarded a series of grants by the Ford Foundation to fund an ambitious program of research and dissemination devoted to assessing the role of Central American elites. The Foundation has also awarded funds to CLALS to supply pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system. Previous support from Ford includes a project on participatory democracy in Latin America, which was carried out through a grant to the University of British Columbia's Andean Democracy Research Network.

Henry Luce Foundation

Following the completion of a multi-year project examining religious responses to violence in Latin America and a second phase of research on religion and democratic contestation in Latin America, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs has generously renewed their support for a third phase of research on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective.

Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank's Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness has provided support for the Center's work on emergent challenges in Latin American and Caribbean economies, carried out in collaboration with the Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN).

International Development Research Centre

FLACSO-Costa Rica subcontracted CLALS to carry out research on and disseminate findings from the multi-year project Exclusion and Violence in Central American Cities. This project was funded by the International Development Research Centre.

National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice awarded CLALS a $670,000 grant to carry out research aimed at assessing the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.

National Science Foundation

CLALS was awarded an NSF conference grant to convene a January 2017 workshop to advance understanding of how social science research can inform judicial decision-making on asylum cases involving Central American children and families.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations have provided support for InSight Crime, the AULA Blog, and research conducted by CLALS Research Fellows on corruption and the police in El Salvador. OSF granted the Center $100,000 to undertake a project on monitoring the MACCIH (Misión de Apoyo Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras) and other anti-impunity efforts in Honduras. OSF also granted the Center $60,000 to for project to analyze the Prospects for an International Commission against Impunity and Corruption in El Salvador, which will be informed by previous Center projects, most notably Monitoring MACCIH

Tinker Foundation

The Tinker Foundation has awarded CLALS funds to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Academic Institutions

Building on the breadth and depth of faculty expertise on Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, CLALS has also reached beyond campus to engage scholars from the following academic institutions, including universities and research institutes in Latin America:

Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Organizations & Think-Tanks

CLALS serves as an academic resource for civil society organizations working to expand understanding, raise awareness, change policies, and provide services. CLALS partners with the following diverse think-tanks and NGOs in the DC metro area and beyond: