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CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.

Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engaging the Normative and Legal Landscape

January 23-24, 2020 | Auditório Joaquim Nabuco Faculdade De Direito | Darcy Ribeiro Campus | Universidade de Brasília

Together with the South American Network for Environmental Migrations(RESAMA), CLALS is planning a two-day invited workshop on normative and legal frameworks for governance and security challenges posed by rising numbers of environmental migrants in Latin America. This workshop will survey and analyze the current normative landscape while exploring possible religious contributions to regional deliberations on this topic. It will also form the basis for a comprehensive report addressing this set of issues, to be shared with appropriate agencies across the region. The first of an anticipated three such meetings, this workshop is part of a new three-year Center project, generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. More details about this project are found here.


January 30, 2020 | Cuba Round Table | 3:30-5:00 PM | Public Event | Butler Board Room | American University, Main Campus

Please join the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies for a panel discussion on contemporary developments in Cuba. Panelists include faculty from the School of Public Affairs (William LeoGrande, Eric Hershberg), the School of International Service (Philip Brenner) and College of Arts and Sciences (Max Paul Friedman), as well as Teresa Garcia Castro, of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), all of whom took part in an extensive array of meetings in Havana during December 2019. View flyer here.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies and The Washington Office on Latin America. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

In Children's Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children

February 13-14, 2020
Claudio Grossman Hall, Washington College of Law | Washington, DC

Together with the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), CLALS will host a day and a half-long symposium focused on defending and reinforcing the best interests principle as the central framework for decision-making involving immigrant children. In addition to bringing to the fore of the public discussion the U.S. government’s failures to provide immigrant children with treatment consistent with standards widely accepted under domestic law and international norms, the symposium will serve as a forum for generating concrete recommendations for implementing the best interests standard in the immigration context. To RSVP and for further information about symposium panels, speakers, and related activities, please visit the symposium webpage